Rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse to dim skies today
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(Reuters) - The sun and
moon will align over the earth in a rare astronomical event on Sunday – an annular eclipse that will dim the skies over parts of Asia and North
America, briefly turning the sun into a blazing ring of fire.
“It will look like a donut with a very big hole in it,” NASA Space Scientist Jeffrey Newmark said.
Eclipses of some type occur almost every year, but stargazers have not seen an annular – shaped like a ring -eclipse on U.S. soil since 1994, and the next one is not to occur until 2023. That is because the phenomenon requires a particular set of orbital dynamics, Newmark said.
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