The Third, Final And Most Dangerous Solar Eclipse Of 2019 Falls On Christmas Day

The Third, Final And Most Dangerous Solar Eclipse Of 2019 Falls On Christmas Day

Watching this eclipse without sun protection can cause complete blindness.

There is one more event left to conclude this year. The third and final eclipse of the year will fall on Christmas Day. While it is going to be beautiful, it can cost you your vision. This eclipse, also called the "ring of fire" is touted to be very dangerous because watching the 3-minute 40-second eclipse without any protection for the eyes can lead to total blindness, according to a report by Forbes. Experts are urging people to protect their eyes with solar eclipse glasses when the phenomenon takes place. 


It will be visible at sunrise in Saudi Arabia, and then slightly higher in the sky from a narrow path through Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, southern India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. The Sun will then set as a “ring” east of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. It begins at 03:43 a.m. Universal Time on December 26— that’s 22:43 p.m. EST and 19:43 p.m. PST on Christmas Day—is an annular solar eclipse.


Since a New Moon is slightly further away than usual, it will appear smaller in the sky so it will only block the center of the Sun’s disk. Observers will see a ring around the Sun, and as dangerous as it is, it will also be beautiful.


Even though 97% of the Sun will be blocked by the moon, it is important to make sure your solar eclipse glasses are on at all times, and also ensure that solar filters are stuck on the front of telescopes or binoculars. It has also been mentioned that observers may notice the light levels dim around them in the few minutes either side of “annularity”. The best place to witness this phenomenon is from someplace with clear skies. 


The next solar eclipse will occur on June 21, 2020.  It will be a rarer and far deeper kind as the Moon very briefly blocks 99% of the Sun as seen from the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India, Tibet, China, Taiwan, and Guam. Did you know that there are some people who will travel to different parts of the world to catch an eclipse? Now that's dedication. 


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