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Ring of Fire Occurring on October 14 will evade Tanzania Skies

Tanzania will be missing out from the sighting of the upcoming Annular Solar eclipse which is set to create a ring of fire on October 14, 2023.

In fact even the residents of the other East African Countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, DR-Congo and South-Sudan will not witness the phenomenon.

October 14, 2023, falling on Saturday is a Public Holiday in Tanzania.

Tanzania and DR Congo were among the few African Countries that saw the sky episode behind the previous annular solar eclipse which occurred in 2012.

There will be two events of the Annular Solar eclipse, the first to occur on October 14, 2023 and the second expected on April 8, 2024.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) describes the forthcoming October eclipse to be a ‘ring of fire,’ which occurs when the Moon is near the part of its orbit that is most distant from Earth.

Because the Moon is farther from Earth than it is during a total solar eclipse, the Moon doesn’t block out the entire Sun, instead it leaves a bright ring of Sun visible at the peak of the eclipse.

NASA is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civil space program, aeronautics research

The annular eclipse will cross the United States to Oregon and Texas on Saturday, Oct. 14, with a partial solar eclipse visible throughout North America.

The NASA scientists closely following up the event include, Peg Luce, acting Heliophysics division director, Madhulika Guhathakurta, heliophysics program scientist, Elizabeth MacDonald, heliophysics citizen science lead, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Alex Lockwood, strategic content and integration lead for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

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The ‘Ring of Fire,’ will be visible only in the narrow path of annularity that stretches from Oregon to Texas, as well as parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Outside the path of annularity, people across the contiguous U.S., Puerto Rico, and parts of Alaska and Hawaii will have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse, when the Moon covers part of the Sun without creating the ‘ring of fire,’ effect.

People interested in witnessing the eclipse are advised to use special eye protection – such eclipse glasses or a specialized solar filter – or an indirect viewing method to safely watch the eclipse.

Such safety measures must be used throughout the entire eclipse, no matter a viewer’s location, as even the small ring of Sun visible at the peak of the annular eclipse is dangerous if viewed directly.

Live coverage of the annular solar eclipse will air on NASA TV and the agency’s website on Oct. 14.

On the other hand, the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse is expected to cross the U.S. from Texas to Maine.

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