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Ring of fire: Indian Ocean to see solar eclipse


PARIS (AFP) – A few lucky people in the Indian Ocean will be treated to a rare event on Monday when an annular solar eclipse will transform the Sun into a dark disc with a blazing ring-shaped corona around its rim.

In solar eclipses, the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow on the terrestrial surface.

In an annular eclipse, a tiny shift in distance that results from celestial mechanics means the Moon does not completely cover the Sun’s face, as it does in a total eclipse. Continue reading ‘Ring of fire: Indian Ocean to see solar eclipse’


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