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Rare ‘Ring of Fire’ Solstice Eclipse – Watch here!

Rare Solstice Eclipse

In many time zones, this eclipse will take place on the same day as the June Solstice. The only other time an annular solar eclipse coincides with the June solstice in this century is on June 21, 2039. We may not be able to view this directly from The Clarence Valley however we have the stream available for you to watch – which is much safer on the eyes!


When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide — Timeline

The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.

Event UTC Time Time in NSW*
First location to see the partial eclipse begin 21 Jun at 03:45:58 21 Jun at 1:45:58 pm
First location to see the full eclipse begin 21 Jun at 04:47:45 21 Jun at 2:47:45 pm
Maximum Eclipse 21 Jun at 06:40:04 21 Jun at 4:40:04 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse end 21 Jun at 08:32:17 21 Jun at 6:32:17 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse end 21 Jun at 09:34:01 21 Jun at 7:34:01 pm

* These local times do not refer to a specific location but indicate the beginning, peak, and end of the eclipse on a global scale, each line referring to a different location. Please note that the local times for The Clarence Valley are meant as a guideline in case you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there.


Live Stream of the Rare Annular Solstice Solar Eclipse:


High Magnitude, Narrow Path, Short Annularity

The path of this rare solstice “ring of fire” eclipse is long—it spans across two continents, Africa and Asia, and 14 countries—but it is also very narrow. At its widest, in West Africa, the path is only about 85 km wide. Here, annularity lasts for about 1 minute and 20 seconds.

At the location of Greatest Eclipse, in Uttrakhand, India, near the border of China and Nepal, the magnitude of the eclipse is 0.996 and the width of the path is about 21 kms. Annularity here lasts for around 38 seconds.

This eclipse also has the highest magnitude (0.99401) at the instant of Greatest Eclipse among all the annular solar eclipses between 2003 and 2031. The next annular solar eclipse with a higher magnitude is on September 12, 2034.


Video: Solar Eclipse, Western Australia – May 10th 2013


An Eclipse Never Comes Alone!

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

Usually, there are two eclipses in a row, but other times, there are three during the same eclipse season.

All eclipses 1900 — 2199

This is the second eclipse this season.

First eclipse this season: 5 June 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: 5 July 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse


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