Bring out the astronomy whiz within you, as India is all geared up to witness the first solar eclipse of the year. Solar eclipse 2020 is slated to occur on Sunday, June 21. The event takes place when the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun and the three objects are aligned in a single straight line. The moon is in the farthest orbit away from the Earth, which means that it will not be able to cover the sun completely. This will cause the outermost rim of the sun to be visible in the eclipse, which will form a ‘ring of fire’ during the solar eclipse.
Solar Eclipse 2020: Significance Of The ‘Ring Of Fire’
This special solar eclipse is significant for more reasons than one. Firstly, the ‘ring of fire’ is a unique celestial occurrence. At its maximum, the moon will cover up to 99.4% of the sun making it almost similar to a total solar eclipse as per the NASA. Further, the solar eclipse 2020 is coincidentally on the same day as the summer solstice, that is on 21st June, which marks the longest day in the year. This is the first time since 1938 that both events are happening on the same day. The next year when these two days will coincide is in the year 2039.