Christmas 2019 is going to be very special for sky-watchers, space fans and nature lovers across the world. A rare annual solar eclipse will coincide with Christmas this year and the solar eclipse would be visible online.
Annual solar eclipse
It occurs when a New Moon is furthest from the Earth on its elliptical orbit, it fully eclipses the Sun that appears as a “ring-of-fire” or “ring-of-light” around the Moon. On Christmas, the moon will appear about 1% smaller. It is a partial solar eclipse and the observers are advised to wear protective solar eclipse glasses.
See Christmas Day Rind of Fire Solar Eclipse
The eclipse would be visible along a path that is 118 kilometers wide. It will be visible from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, southern India, norther Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Guam. Also, the Middle East, south-east Asia and Australia would witness a partial solar eclipse. The Sun will rise as a ring of fire in Saudi Arabia and set as a ring of light in Guam.
Time of the Christmas Day Solar Eclipse
The Universal Co-ordinated Time (UTC) of the partial solar eclipse is 2:29 AM but the action would begin at 3:43 AM. The Sun would rise in Saudi Arabia at 6:43 local time but the key sight of the “ring of fire” would last only for 2 minutes and 50 seconds. And the “ring of light” would be visible for the world for a few minutes across the next three and half hours.