Washington (dpa) – Millions of people in parts of North, South and Central America admired a rare wreath from a fiery solar eclipse. They have gathered together in many places, equipped with special goggles, for example in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to watch the natural spectacle together.
During a fiery solar eclipse, also known as an annular solar eclipse, the Moon moves in front of the Sun, but the outer edge of our parent star remains visible. According to the US space agency NASA, the solar eclipse was most visible in parts of the US states of Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, as well as in parts of Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Colombia and Brazil.
The visibility of the annular solar eclipse moved in a narrow strip from the northwest to the southeast across the American continent. The maximum annular phase duration of five minutes and 17 seconds was reached over Panama. Partial stages of darkness can be seen over large areas of the United States of America, although rain clouds prevented the sky from being seen on parts of the East Coast of the United States, for example. This phenomenon was not observed throughout Europe.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, but it is at a relatively large distance from the Earth at that moment. This means that the Earth’s satellite does not completely cover the disk of the Sun. A total solar eclipse has been announced again in parts of North America in April 2024.
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