On February 26th, 2017 a Ring of Fire will rise and set over a large area of the Southern Hemisphere, as an Annular Solar Eclipse passes over much 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 planet. This is the first of two eclipses in 2017, a precursor to the TransContinental Eclipse that will take place across the United States in August.
The eclipse will begin at southern tip of South America, first making landfall in Chile and passing through Argentina, before traveling over the Atlantic ocean toward Africa. While the full eclipse will only be visible along a very thin line, partial phases will be visible in several South American and African countries, as well as over much of Antarctica. 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 truly get to see a New Moon.