Update for Sunday, Feb. 26: The "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse amazed observers across South America and Africa. See our full story here: Moon Blocks (Most of) the Sun in 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse.
The online astronomy service Slooh will provide a live webcast of the annular solar eclipse of Sunday, Feb. 26 , and you can watch it live here, courtesy of Slooh. (You can go to Slooh.com to join and watch this live broadcast, snap and share your own photos during the event, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh's telescopes.) Also known as a "ring of fire" eclipse, Sunday's eclipse will be visible from a narrow path stretching from South America, the Atlantic Ocean and Africa. Preview: 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Will Be Visible from Southern Hemisphere Sunday
"During the broadcast, Slooh host Gerard Monteux will guide viewers on this journey across multiple continents and thousands of miles. Over the course of the show, 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."
Those guests will include:
- Burnie Burns, Founder of Rooster Teeth Productions, who will be on site in Chile for the moment of Annularity.
- Dr. Kate Russo, who will share her research into the psychology of the eclipse experience, helping to explain why the phenomenon causes grown men to tear up and armies to lay down their weapons.
- Graham Jones, Astrophysicist and teacher who travels to eclipses around the world educating locals about the celestial events.
- Paul Cox, Slooh Astronomer, who will be on location at Slooh’s flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.
- Helen Avery, Slooh's Human Spirit correspondent, who will delve into the fear and celebration surrounding solar eclipses in cultures worldwide.
"Slooh's live show will feature video feeds of the eclipse from countries in both South America and Africa. Those feeds will capture both the annular phase in Chile and the partial phase in countries like South Africa, bringing together Slooh’s global network of feed partners.
"An Annular Eclipse is similar to a Total Solar Eclipse, in that the Moon moves directly between the Earth and the Sun, but unlike a Total Solar Eclipse, the Moon does not completely obscure the Sun. During an Annular Eclipse, the Moon is farther away from the Earth, making it appear smaller. Therefore, the Moon only covers most of the solar disk leaving a “ring of fire” around the outer edge.
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