Solar Eclipse: 'Ring of Fire' to appear Sunday May 20

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solar-eclipse-ring-of-fire.jpgOn Sunday (May 20), a solar eclipse will block out most of the sun, leaving just a "ring of fire" visible in the sky for anyone on the eclipse's path, reports Space.com. The best views are expected in East Asia and the western U.S. Sorry East Coasters, the sun will have set for you before the event even begins.

At its peak  the eclipse will block about 94 percent of the sun's light. The eclipse is set to begin at 5:24 p.m. PT and reach its peak at 6:38 p.m. The moon will finally exit the sun's path at 7:42 p.m. -- 10 minutes before sunset.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun. A "ring of fire" event happens when the moon is close to its apogee -- the farthest possible point from Earth in its orbit -- making it a little bit too small to block out the entire sun. ]

The regular warnings apply: Do not look directly at the sun -- during the eclipse or at any other time -- either with your eyes or through telescopes or binoculuars unless using the proper filters.

Regular sunglasses are not enough to counter the sun's damaging effects -- Space.com recommends No. 14 welder's glasses.

The Los Angeles Times also suggests this method for seeing the eclipse: "Criss-cross your fingers waffle style to the sunlight, which will project the partial eclipse on the ground in front of you."
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