eight stages of an annular solar eclipse showing the moon taking a larger and larger "bite" out of the sun with the "ring of fire" in the center. The sun turn

Today’s annular solar eclipse turns the sun into a “ring of fire.” Here’s what you need to know.


The annular solar eclipse will begin sweeping across the United States at 9:13 a.m. PDT (12:13 p.m. EDT, 1613 GMT), from Oregon to Texas, then across the Gulf of Mexico, over Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Brazil.

During an annular solar eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and the sun Earth, casting a shadow on our planet. A “ring of fire” forms when the moon doesn’t completely cover it sunThe disc leaves a trace of sunlight around the moon. (An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is relatively far away from the Earth in its elliptical orbit.)

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