BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The rare sun eclipse will be visible from parts of the Middle East and Africa. People are advised not to look directly at the eclipse, as this could damage their eye-sight. The safest bet is watching it online.
A typical sun eclipse takes place when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting its shadow over Earth. The sun’s edges can still be spotted throughout the eclipse. The eclipse is not total, and this is where it gets the name of “ring of fire eclipse.” The more scientific name is “annular eclipse.”
Many believe it looks better than a total eclipse, because of the blazing ring that remains in sight.
The eclipse will look its best from Africa’s west coast. Countries like the Republic of Congo, Mozambique or Tanzania will get a special view.
People who want to look at it there are advised to put on specially designed glasses. For those who want to have a look at the eclipse on-line, there is a number of websites, like Slooh which will be broadcasting the eclipse.
The rare sun eclipse will take place in the morning of the 1st of September.
The next one will be over South America, on the 26th of February 2017.
But the real money-maker will be the total solar eclipse in August 2017. It’s probably going to generate huge income for the United States. Because it is the first eclipse visible from America, in 37 years.
Now, scientists have begun to study the effects of sun eclipses on temperatures here on Earth. The light dimming during a sun eclipse corresponds to a drop in temperatures. Weather is affected, too.
But astronomers still are a long way from determining the exact consequences of an eclipse, on weather and biological rhythms.
One example of eclipse consequences is the mysterious shift in wind direction, which happens during a solar eclipse. For years, science could not explain the changing pattern of wind during eclipses.
But now, scientists think it has to do with cooling temperatures, which make the air currents behave differently.
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