20-06-2020 by redazione
Kenya will be one of the few countries in the world from which the annular solar eclipse will be seen on Sunday morning, June 21. Fans of Nairobi and the coast will be able to admire this phenomenon from 6.45 am for about 2 and a half hours, with a peak of visibility around 7.47 am.
Southern Central Kenya, as well as other Central African countries such as Tanzania and Congo, lies along a narrow strip from West Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China, which will witness the solar eclipse.
The annular eclipse is an eclipse of the sun in which the edge of the sun remains visible as a luminous ring around the moon.
Our satellite, in apogee, will have an apparent size slightly smaller than that of our star, and, allowing a glimpse of its edges, will draw a ring of fire in the sky. In practice, the solar eclipse is the phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned. The Moon, standing between us and our star, obscures the solar disc either totally or partially. The June 21st eclipse will be a partial annular eclipse. The alignment will be optimal, but the Moon, which will be in a point of the orbit farthest from our planet, will appear smaller than the solar disk: even if it overlaps completely, it will not be able to cover it all (at the peak the darkening will be 99.4%) so it will form a sort of ring of fire in the sky. You can see it even in streaming on www.virtualtelescope.eu
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