Will anyone see this weekend’s rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse? COVID-19 travel restrictions mean getting to and from the narrow eclipse path across central Africa, the Middle East and Asia will be tricky. That goes for both international eclipse-chasers and local people who live in places that will go briefly under the Moon’s shadow.
So here’s how you can stream it all live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
When will the ‘ring of fire’ happen?
On Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 03:45 UTC. That’s late on Saturday, June 20, 2020, for North America. It all comes just a little over five hours after the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice, which will happen on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 21:44 UTC.
What will happen during the eclipse?
The Moon will creep across the Sun causing a partial solar eclipse, peaking with a slender “ring of fire” around the Sun for between 38 and 82 seconds, depending on the exact location. Just before and after that moment there will be a beautiful “pearl necklace” visible around the Moon as sunshine streams through our satellite’s mountains.
How to stream the ‘ring of fire annular solar eclipse’ online
Many organisations and amateur astronomers will be broadcasting from within the “path of annularity.” Thanks to time.unitarium.com for some of these links. Here’s where you can tune-in to watch the celestial action as it’s live-streamed.
Tune in at 05:00 UTC to see live footage from within the “path of annularity.”
2 – YouTube: Slooh (subscription neccessary)
Robotic telescope service Slooh will have live coverage of the eclipse on Sunday morning. Feeds will come in from the Middle East (via the Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences & Technology (SAASST) and the International Astronomical Center (IAC), and India. The live show commences at 05:00 UTC and ends at 08:45 UTC.
“To witness that “Ring of Fire” appear as the Moon is centrally placed over the Sun is a truly special experience,” says Paul Cox, Chief Astronomical Officer at Slooh. “It’s celestial mechanics in action!”
3 – YouTube: Sirsa, India
Astronomer, astrophotographer and eclipse-chaser Ajay Talwar will broadcast live the eclipse experience from Sirsa, India, near the centerline.
4 – YouTube: International Astronomical Center , Abu Dhabi, UAE
Here’s a live stream from the International Astronomical Center (IAC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which will see a 93% partial solar eclipse.
5 – YouTube: Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, India
Here’s a live stream from Kodaikanal Solar Observatory in Kerala, Southern India, provided by the Indian Institute Of Astrophysics (IIA). It will see a 27% partial solar eclipse.
6 – YouTube: Indian Astronomical Observatory, Ladakh
Here’s a feed from the Indian Astronomical Observatory on Mt. Saraswati in Hanle in south-eastern Ladakh, which will see a 90% partial solar eclipse.
7 – Webcast: Virtual Telescope
The Virtual Telescope Project will partner with some astro-imagers and observers in Africa and Asia. The live feed will start on June 21, 2020, starting at 05:30 UTC. Watch it here.
8 – Webcast: Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India will see a 65% partial solar eclipse, footage of which will be broadcast by the Birla Industrial & Technological Museum.
9 – Facebook: Regional Science Centre, Tirupati
Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, India will see a 36%. Its Regional Science Centre has plans to stream the event live on its Facebook page.
Disclaimer: I am editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com
Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.