As Johnny Cash once preached, we might just fall into a burnin’ ring of fire. This Sunday morning will be on fire. No literally, the sun is turning into a ring of fire, due to the first annular solar eclipse in the U.S. in 18 years.
At first flash of Eden, the Moon will steal the Sun’s spotlight. How rude. Find out what our buddy Sunny does when he gets moon-ed by his dark nemesis.
[pullquote quote="If a partial eclipse is a 5 then an annular eclipse is a 9." credit="Fred Espenak, Goddard Space Flight Center"]
After the Moon hates on the Sun, and steals his spotlight, things go haywire. The Moon’s lunar disk is not wide enough to cover the king of stars. The Moon then forms a black hole in the center of the Sun, revolting against his inability to dominate the sun. Sucka! In Medford, Oregon; Chico, California; Reno, Nevada; St. George, Utah; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lubbock, Texas, the afternoon sun will become a luminous ring.
The “path of annularity” is a strip about 185 miles wide, and thousands of miles long. It extends from China to Japan, across the Pacific Ocean, to the middle of North America. Stargazers West of the Mississippi will witness a crescent-shaped Sun as the Moon passes by off center…and finally leaves.
[pullquote quote="I like to compare different types of eclipses on a scale of 1 to 10 as visual spectacles." credit="Fred Espenak, NASA's leading eclipse expert"]
A total eclipse of the heart will not be present. You could be blinded by the light when looking directly at this annularity. Frodo was fine, we can’t speak from experience. Though this annular eclipse is not to be confused with a total eclipse, the next total eclipse will not occur until 2017.
For our great nation, the USA, the Sun will still be in deep partial eclipse at sunset. Incase you’re trying to wife someone up, this could be your golden opportunity. What would you do without Jack?