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Western states get a 'ring of fire'

NEED TO KNOW
  • Want to see a solar eclipse this Sunday?
  • HLN Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen tells you where to spot it

Hey everybody, just want to give you a heads up on the solar eclipse that will happen on Sunday evening in the western parts of the U.S.

I don't want you to think the world is ending and that the Mayans were right, but just seven months off.
 
It's a rare annular solar eclipse, when the moon is in apogee (farthest away from Earth's center) in its orbit. That means the moon won't cover the entire solar disk as it passes in front of the sun. The image is often described as a "ring of fire."
 
Remember the supermoon earlier this month? That was when we had the full moon and it was in perigee (closest to Earth in its orbit), making it 14% brighter than normal.
 
The eclipse will start over Lubbock, Texas, around 7:30 p.m. MDT Sunday evening. The total eclipse path will take it near or over Albuquerque, New Mexico; The Grand Canyon, Arizona; Reno, Nevada; and off the west coast near Eureka, California. You can see the NASA projection here.  
 
Remember, a solar eclipse is when the moon goes between the Earth and the sun, and the moon's shadow hits Earth. I've heard people say a solar eclipse happens when the sun comes between the Earth and the moon. If that happens Sunday, then the Mayans will have been right!

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