On Thursday, September 1st, a Ring of Fire will rise and set over the African continent, as an Annular Solar Eclipse passes over a large portion of the globe. Slooh will broadcast this event, known as an Annular Solar Eclipse, thanks to our global network of feed partners stationed in countries across the continent.
The eclipse will begin at one end of the continent, very early in the morning, and end on the other side, off the coast of the island of Madagascar. While the full eclipse will only be visible along a very thin line through central Africa, partial phases will be visible on nearly the entire continent. With our global feed partners, we’re aiming to have as many different views as possible of this beautiful event.
An Annular Eclipse is similar to a Total Solar Eclipse, in that the Moon moves directly between the Earth and the Sun. But, unlike during a Total Solar Eclipse, the Moon does not completely obscure the Sun. During an Annular Eclipse, the Moon is farther away from the Earth, making it appear smaller. Therefore, the Moon only covers most of the solar disk leaving a “ring of fire” around the outer edge.
During our live coverage of this event, we’ll be joined by solar scientists, Slooh astronomers, and cultural experts to help bring a deeper understanding to Solar Eclipses and their place in the larger culture of mankind. We’ll explore the role the moon plays in eclipses, and how this is the only time you ever truely get to see a New Moon.