Rare eclipse crosses US, Asia
'Ring of fire' visible around moon
- Duration 3:15
- Date May 21, 2012
'Ring of fire' visible around moon
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Mother -- -- -- quite a showed checking out these dramatic pictures now that we got an overnight as the moon slid across the sun blocking almost everything as you can see.
Except for that.
That ring of fire.
You can look at these pictures right -- -- -- directly -- -- breaks were gonna talk more about that in a second I like the video -- -- video is pretty good out folks in the Pacific and western United States getting the best view.
This spectacle -- event that hasn't happened or been invisible -- -- -- has it happened here so we can see it in the United States.
For nearly two decades joining us now Derrick -- -- chief astronomer.
At the Franklin institute planetary and so Derek.
I had the mood -- slides across the -- and that's what happens.
Yes this is something that happens on a regular basis the question is is the earth the moon and the sun lined up and in this case yesterday.
All three were lined up but as it turns out the moon is just far enough away from the -- To allow there to be a ring of sunlight around the moon.
Are all eclipse is -- -- You know it's interesting to ask that question because you would assume that the geometry is all the same -- -- -- sort of the same.
Actually every one is -- sort of different they all have their characteristics and their own personalities although they are generally the same and you have to see.
Each one so you can see the differences so what did you think of this fine.
It was beautiful so gorgeous -- Beautiful ring of fire.
And -- he'd given that the weather was good in some places around the world to see -- in some places that's a really good thing so a lot of people had a great chance to see in the -- Derek and we are often here and we just talked a little bit a bit about that don't look directly at an eclipse.
Is that true now more than ever.
Because there -- so many more people who are quite aware of -- -- -- can go out and see them.
We do have to be very very careful about how we get people to view them it can be done properly if you use the proper -- A safety precautions and -- many people can enjoy this great celestial event.
So I was reading that in order to see this again.
In the United States I have to wait another two decades -- I I believe Derek but there's a couple of bands a couple of clips is that are coming up that we are going to be able to see in the next couple years tell us.
What to expect and what to look for.
George -- works like this there's a possibility of anywhere between two and five the -- -- every year somewhere on the planet you might have to travel to see it so for us here in the United States the next annular eclipse here is a long way off but the next hole solar eclipse which is the one you really wanna see.
Is in August of 27 -- if you'd like to see an annular eclipse sooner than a couple of decades.
All you have to do is next may you can go out to the Australian region in the South Pacific and you can see one there.
I c.s to we can plan our travel around -- Jonathan nodding my head he -- of Australia.
-- -- up a the very and you know many people do plan their travel that way it'd give quickly as you guys -- can see -- the screen it's quite remarkable some variants using pictures so great opportunity to see here and and maybe an Australian next year John and -- heading in that direction.
I Derek nice to have you thank you for joining us today.
My pleasure thank you.