Solar Eclipse: The “Ring of Fire” appears over the Americas

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A rare celestial spectacle appeared over the Americas on Saturday, and the likes of it will not be seen again in this part of the world until 2046.

Millions were on the way Annular solar eclipse It formed a “ring of fire” in the sky over North, Central and South America.

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Watch the eclipse pass over the world’s largest balloon festival

During an annular solar eclipse, the Moon is farthest from Earth in its orbit, so it cannot completely block the Sun. Instead, the fiery sunlight surrounds the moon’s shadow, creating what is called a ring of fire.

The eclipse began in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PT (12:13 p.m. ET). It is expected to end off the Atlantic coast of Brazil at 3:48 PM ET.

As it passed over city after city, the sky darkened as the moon moved in front of the sun, causing temperatures to drop.

Those outside the path also enjoyed a partial solar eclipse in the form of a crescent, as the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun.

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A hot air balloon crew, sitting next to a gondola, watches the solar eclipse Saturday at the 51st Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Small crescents were seen visible on the ground and reflected in the windshields of cars and windows of skyscrapers. For those standing next to the trees, the spaces between the leaves were like holes and the light streaming through those gaps appeared in the form of individual crescents.

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And if you missed this year’s annular eclipse, sky watchers Across North America on April 8, 2024 when a Total solar eclipse It will pass over Mexico, the United States and Canada. So stick with you Certified eclipse glasses, solar projectors and solar filters For your camera – you can use it again in April to safely watch another scintillating event.

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