Today’s Ring of Fire: Annular Solar Eclipse in the Southern Hemisphere

Today, there was a rare event: an annular solar eclipse (very nearly total, but not quite, as the Moon was not at a near enough point in its orbit to completely cover the Sun) tracked its way across half the southern hemisphere, with the path of annularity starting in the southeast Pacific, crossing southern Chile and Argentina, then crossing the south Atlantic before slicing across the center of Angola and ending in the southernmost part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a teensy bit of Zambia.  Here’s a time-lapse of the event from Coyhaique, Chile:

The next solar eclipse in 2017 will be the big one — a total solar eclipse that will track across the contiguous United States, essentially bisecting North America.  In 2018, there will be three partial solar eclipses.  In 2019, there will be a hat trick of all three types of solar eclipse: partial, total, and annular.  So if you missed this one, there will be more.  😉

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