Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse June 21 2020
Photo credit: NASA / Hinode/ XRT
On June 21, 2020, a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse is set to occur, which also marks the Summer Solstice. Since the moon is too far away from Earth to block out the entire Sun, it leaves a sliver visible, resulting in an annular solar eclipse and giving the appearance of a “ring of fire” around the moon starting around 5:43 p.m. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Unfortunately, only viewers along a specific path in Africa, the Middle East and Asia will be able to catch this rare event, as the next annular solar eclipse that falls on the summer solstice won’t happen again until June 21, 2039. For those in North America, or other parts of the world, we’ve embedded livestream below that begins on June 21, 2020 at 1:00am EST.