This one’s for the folks down under. And, interestingly, the path of this eclipse crosses the path of the total eclipse that swept across Australia in November 2012, giving some lucky communities the rare chance to experience a solar eclipse two years in a row. The eclipse begins in Australia on the morning of May 10, local time, but in many parts of the world it will still be May 9.
What's an Annular Eclipse?
An annular eclipse occurs when the moon blocks out the center of the sun, leaving a glowing ring called an annulus around the moon’s dark silhouette. This is often called the “ring of fire.” It’s a lovely sight and well worth seeing, although it doesn’t compare to the wonder of a total eclipse.
We experience both total and annular eclipses because the distance between the earth and the moon varies. When the moon is close to the earth, it appears as large as the sun and we see a total solar eclipse. When it’s further away, it appears smaller than the sun and we see an annular eclipse.