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Ring of Fire: A Sunrise Solar Eclipse in Western Australia

Ring of Fire: A Sunrise Solar Eclipse in Western Australia

What is rising above the horizon behind those clouds? It is the Sun. However, most sunrises do not look like this. This is because sunrises do not usually include the Moon. In the early morning of May 10, 2013, from Western Australia, the Moon was between the Earth and the rising Sun. In an annular eclipse, the Moon is too far from the Earth to block the entire Sun. It leaves a ring of fire where sunlight pours around every edge of the Moon. 

This time-lapse video recorded the eclipse through the high refraction of the Earth's atmosphere just above the horizon. As the video continues, the Sun continues to rise, while the Sun and Moon begin to separate. 

The next annular solar eclipse will occur in less than three weeks. On Saturday, October 14, 2023, a ring of fire will be visible through clear skies from a thin swath crossing both North and South America.

WARNING: During an annular eclipse, it is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. How to safely view an eclipse:

Not in the path of the eclipse? Watch with us from anywhere in the world. We will provide live broadcast coverage on Oct. 14, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT (1530-1715 UTC) on NASA TV, and the NASA app.

Learn more about the upcoming annular solar eclipse:

Video Credits: Colin Legg, Geoff Sims, Peter Nanasi




Photography & Editing: Colin Legg

Photography: Geoff Sims

Duration: 2 minutes, 16 seconds

Capture Date: May 10, 2013

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