An Atlantic Solar Eclipse

Barely annular eclipse
An unusually thin annular eclipse was seen in April 2005.
Photo by P. K. Chen.
On Friday, September 22nd, the Sun will rise as a shining ring of light for lucky skywatchers in parts of Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana on the north coast of South America. The annular eclipse will then cross the Central and South Atlantic during the day and end at sunset in the Indian Ocean, touching land nowhere else. Much larger parts of South America get a partial eclipse at or shortly after sunrise, and much of southern and West Africa gets a partial eclipse in the middle of the day.

For detailed maps and local predictions for many cities and towns, see NASA's site for this eclipse. More on observing and photographing a partial or annular eclipse, either through a safe solar filter or by the projection method are in the articles listed below or on our Eclipse page.

If you are fortunate enough to witness the event — and manage to snap a few pictures, please send the our way. The SkyandTelescope.com Photo Gallery is a great place to show off your images to the world.