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An annular solar eclipse is coming with the moon blocking most of the sun aside from a spectacular ring of fire around the edge - so when are the next eclipses we can watch?
Many of us will remember the amazing spectacle in 2015 when we were treated to Europe's biggest solar eclipse for 16 years. Crowds gathered with special glasses and numerous makeshift viewing devices including a colander and a lawnmower box to get a glimpse of the breathtaking celestial phenomenon. This year, some parts of the world will be treated to an annular solar eclipse - creating a spectacular ring of fire - and also a total solar eclipse. So will we able to see these and, if not, when are the next ones we can see? A 'ring of fire' eclipse in May 2012. AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee When is the annular solar eclipse and what is it? An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon covers most but not all of the sun. It leaves the outer edges visible as a 'ring of fire' or annulus where the sunlight is still showing around the dark circle of the moon. Annular solar eclipses only happen at a time of a new moon and when the moon is at the farthest point of its orbit so, when viewed from Earth, it is not big enough to cover the whole of the sun. The Earth, moon and sun also need to be aligned in more or less a straight line. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles The next annular eclipse is coming on June 21, 2020. The ring of fire will be visible from parts of Africa, south Pakistan, northern India and China. Those in south/east Europe, much of Asia, most of Africa and northern Australia will instead experience a partial eclipse with no ring of fire. But we won't see any of the eclipse in the UK on this occasion. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Remember never to look directly at the sun with the naked eye or through a camera, binoculars or telescope. You can damage your eyes - and even risk going blind. Proper eye protection such as eclipse glasses or a sun filter is advised. Sunglasses, smoked glass and floppy disks don't work for viewing the sun either. When are the next eclipses after that? A total solar eclipse is coming on December 14, 2020. It will not be visible from the UK but can be enjoyed by those in Chile and Argentina. Some parts of southern South America, south-west Africa, and Antarctica will see it as a partial solar eclipse instead. Then there is another annular solar eclipse, this time on June 10, 2021. And the good news for the UK is that we will be able to see this, though not the ring of fire. The annular phase of this solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Russia, Greenland, and northern Canada. Timeanddate.com shows what the partial solar eclipse will look like at its maximum when viewed from Birmingham (Image: Timeanddate.com) People in Northern Asia, Europe, and the United States won't see the ring of fire effect but will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. It will look like a bite has been taken out of the top of the sun as the dark circle of the moon covers part of it. Timeanddate.com says that for those in Birmingham and the rest of the UK, we will see the moon touch the edge of the sun at 10.06am. From the right hand side as we look at it, the moon will appear to slide in front of part of the sun. The point of maximum eclipse will be 11.12am. By 12.23pm, the moon will have moved away to the left.