How to watch Sunday’s ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse

A March 2016 solar eclipse seen from Indonesia. A “ring of fire” eclipse will be visible Feb. 26, 2017.

Image: Ridwan Arifiandi; Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 2.0

A “ring of fire” eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com.

Sunday’s solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn’t completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.

Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun’s edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye.

Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.

These countries align with the “path of annularity,” a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide.

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