On Sunday, 26th February 2017, the earth would witness its first solar eclipse to have happened in 2017. According NASA, this special kind of solar eclipse is called the “ring of fire” and would be visible mainly in South American countries like Chile, Angola and Argentina, along with a few parts of Africa, lying in the southern hemisphere.
This annular solar eclipse takes place when the moon comes in between the Sun and the Earth. While the alignment of the 3 heavenly bodies is perfect for a brief moment, the moon is still distant from the Earth to cover the entire Sun, thus creating a fiery ring around it.
It is highly recommended that people in the line of the viewing areas of the eclipse, should wear protective gear or filters while viewing the eclipse. Onlookers will experience a sharp drop in temperature.
It would take approximately 2 hours for the moon to move across the Sun, and the complete ring of fire would be witnessed for a minute.
Make your own pinhole projector:
- Take 2 hard sheets of paper
- Male a small hole on one of the sheets, using a pin or a pointed pencil
- Hold or fix the sheet with a hole towards the sun and behind your back, and capture the projection onto the other sheet
- You will now safely see an inverted image of the eclipse on the second sheet.