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Rare 'Ring Of Fire' Solar Eclipse Shadow Across The Tip Of South America

Mar 03, 2017 02:38 AM EST

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Something strange is about to happen to sunbeams in the southern hemisphere on February 26, 2017. The Moon crossed the face of the sun in a so-called annular solar eclipse. Transforming rays of sunlight across parts of South America, South Africa and Antarctica into fat crescents and things ring of light.

It's a solar eclipse, nicknamed a Ring of Fire eclipse where the moon covered the ninety-nine percent of the Sun. But spectacular eclipse views weren't limited to skywatchers on the ground. During the celestial event, a NASA satellite in orbit spied the moon casting its shadow across the tip of South America reported by Space.

Before proceeding to Ring of Fire, there are three type of solar Eclipse is possible in the solar system. The first is the total eclipse of the moon which is completely cover the blind disk of the Sun. The second one is a partial eclipse of the moon crosses the sun off center leaving a crescent shaped portion. Lastly, the annual eclipse which is so called the Ring of Fire.

Over the weekend, NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the annular eclipse casting a shadow over Patagonia. Under the moon's shadow, the lush landscape took on a yellowish-brown hue. According to NASA officials, it is the shadow from the eclipse that causes Patagonia's colors to appear to change stated by Live Science.

Each year two to four solar eclipses occurred, now this time according to NASA a total solar eclipse dubbed the Great American Solar Eclipse because it will be visible across much of the U.S. will occur in August. The complete darkness caused by a total solar eclipse also allows sky watchers to see brighter stars and planets that are typically obscured by the brightness of the sun.

The total solar eclipse on August 21 will be the first of its kind to be visible from the United States mainland since 1979. It will also be the first in 99 years to extend from coast to coast, from Oregon to South Carolina.

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