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Watch ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse live

By David Ferguson
Sunday, May 20, 2012 17:28 EDT
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Viewers all over the world will be watching when the sun and moon enter a rare “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse, beginning at 5:30 EDT. This type of eclipse is called an annular eclipse, and it occurs when the moon moves between the Earth and the sun, but the moon is too far away to completely block out the rays of the sun, creating a corona of light around the edges of the moon’s shadow.

The moon is currently at apogee, meaning at the furthest point in its orbit from Earth. The last time an annular eclipse occurred was in 1994.

You can watch live embeds of the eclipse, embedded via Rickey.org, below:

The observatory on Mt. Fuji, Japan:



Live streaming by Ustream

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(image by Jefferson Teng via WikiMedia Commons)

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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