On June 21, a rare “ring of fire” will be visible in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It will be the shortest and deepest solar eclipse in 2020, reports Travel + Leisure.
The “ring of fire” is a partial solar eclipse that occurs when a new moon is furthest away from Earth in its orbit, so it doesn’t cover the sun completely. Essentially, it’s the opposite of a “supermoon.” The sun will be 99 percent obscured (hence the name), almost like a total solar eclipse.
Unlike other solar eclipses, however, it’s expected to go dark before the “ring of fire” is visible. Experts also anticipate bizarre animal behavior leading up to that moment and some points of light around the moon called Bailey’s beads. This is also a special event because it’s possible people will be able to witness the sun’s outermost atmosphere: the corona, which