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Watch 'ring of fire' solar eclipse online tonight

By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

1:51 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

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Parts of Australia and Pacific islands are in for what some call a "ring of fire" eclipse on Friday, though it won't be visible on this side of the world.

The moon will pass between Earth and the sun, blocking all but the outer ring of the sun's rays for those in the center of the eclipse's path. Further north or south, the moon will obscure less of the sun.

Because the moon is relatively far away from Earth in its orbit, it won't block the sun entirely, what is known as a total solar eclipse. Friday's eclipse is what is known as an annular solar eclipse.

For those in the eclipse's path, it will start early Friday morning. But it will still be Thursday night here.

The Slooh Space camera will broadcast the event live, starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Follow it at Slooh's website.

The eclipse is a second since November for this part of the world, something that is rare.

An annular solar eclipse was last seen from the U.S. in May 2012. Another won't be visible from the U.S. until 2023.

A total solar eclipse was last seen from the U.S. in 1991, and won't be again until 2017.