How to see extremely rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse this week until it happens again in 2046

This is no normal solar eclipse, NASA says it won't happen again until 2046.

Published on Oct 10, 2023 at 3:02PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Oct 11, 2023 at 9:16AM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
Solar eclipse - ring of fire

A solar eclipse known as the ‘ring of fire’ is about to grace our skies.

This is no normal solar eclipse either, it’s incredibly rare.

In fact, NASA says it won’t happen again until 2046.

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The eclipse has been nicknamed the ‘ring of fire’ due to the polarizing way it will present itself.

Experts say the Moon’s dark shadow will cover the majority of the Sun, but a sliver of the Sun’s light will poke out around the sides.

The rare solar eclipse is set to happen on October 14 and it will be visible over North, Central, and South America.

If you’re not living in the Americas, don’t worry because NASA will be running a live stream too.

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NASA eclipse program manager, Kelly Korreck, urged people to take some time out to watch it due to how rare the event will be.

“It’s going to be a long stretch before we will see this phenomenon again, so we’re really encouraging folks to go out there and observe safely,” she said.

While solar eclipses are an incredible thing to watch, they can also be dangerous.

This is because you can seriously damage your eyes if you look at the eclipse without the right protective eyewear.  

And regular sunglasses won’t cut it.

It’s recommended that you watch a solar eclipse through special eclipse-safe glasses or a safe handheld solar viewer.

And if you’re serious about watching the ‘ring of fire’ on October 14, NASA has created an interactive eclipse tracker.

Here, NASA will detail all the best vantage points in your area from where to watch the phenomenon.

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