A solar eclipse and its spectacular “ring of fire” will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere this Sunday morning (Feb. 26), but no matter what side of the equator you’re on, you can watch the spectacular event unfold online in a live broadcast from Slooh’s online observatory.
You can watch the webcast live on the Slooh.com website Sunday beginning at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT).
You can also watch the webcast here, courtesy of Slooh. [The 2017 ‘Ring of Fire’ Annular Eclipse Path (Video)]
This type of eclipse is called an annular eclipse, meaning that the sun will remain visible as a bright ring around the moon. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in front of the sun. Sometimes, the moon is far enough away from Earth that it doesn’t entirely cover the sun, so part of the sun’s light shines around the moon. This eclipse will be visible in the Southern Hemisphere, covering parts of South America, the Atlantic Ocean and Africa. Slooh will present the eclipse in live feeds from Chile and other locations.
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“During the broadcast, Slooh host Gerard Monteux will guide viewers on this journey across multiple continents and thousands of miles,” Slooh said in a statement. “He’ll be joined by a number of guests who will help viewers explore not only the science of eclipses, but also the fascinating legend, myth, and spiritual and emotional expression associated with these most awe-inspiring celestial events.”
The following guests will be on the show:
- Slooh astronomer Paul Cox, who will speak from Slooh’s flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands;
- Helen Avery, Slooh’s human spirit correspondent, who will discuss eclipse fear and celebration in cultures worldwide;
- Michael “Burnie” Burns (founder of Rooster Teeth Productions), who will report on the annular eclipse from Chile;
- Kate Russo, a psychologist and eclipse chaser, who will speak about the psychology of an eclipse; and
- Astrophysicist Graham Jones, who educates local populations about eclipses when the events occur in different areas around the world.
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