News Archive 2009-2018

Solar Eclipse Sunday (National Geographic) Archives


Sky gazers in Asia and the western United States will get a rare treat today as the moon moves between Earth and the sun in a partial solar eclipse known as the “ring of fire.” The moon on Sunday will be at its farthest distance from Earth so it will not completely eclipse the sun, leaving a bright annulus-or ring-of sunlight glowing around its edge.

It’s the first annulus eclipse visible from the mainland United States in almost 20 years, and astronomers will have to wait until 2023 for the next round of Johnny Cash references.