By Jakub Motyka
Unlike the first eclipse of the year that space has already left us, what will happen on February 26 is an even more curious phenomenon: the Moon, instead of completely covering the Sun, will be situated in such a way that in the The sides of its dial will still be able to see a small hint of sunlight. This will give rise to the so-called ring of fire effect, which will make it possible for us to see for a few hours a curious -and very, very bright… so much so that it is not recommended to look at it without using eye protection- ring in the sky.
This phenomenon responds to the name of annular eclipse of the Sun, and differs from the total eclipse in that in this case a part of the Sun is visible. Because at the end of February the Moon will be too far from the Earth as To completely cover the sphere of the Sun, what we will have the privilege of seeing from our planet is an effect that will not be repeated for many months.
This annular eclipse on February 26 will only be visible from the southern part of the Earth. Places like Argentina or Chile, as well as some parts of southern Africa, will be the only ones privileged to be able to enjoy this phenomenon firsthand. NASA has enabled a web page with a map that allows us to see if this eclipse can be seen from our location (and, if so, it even tells us the exact time at which we should be attentive to the sky).
On the other hand, this year we still have two more eclipses to see. Both will take place during the month of August: the first will be a total eclipse of the Sun, it will take place on August 21 and NASA has even set up a web page to follow this event in detail; the other eclipse can be seen on August 7 from some parts of Europe, although it will be less spectacular because it will be partial (that is, it will not completely cover the Sun).
Although all these phenomena will be difficult to see from Europe, we must not forget that NASA has an exclusive section for eclipses on its official website. There we can find all the photographs to be taken of the three eclipses that are to come this year.