On February 26, lucky sky-watchers across South America and Africa will witness the sun turn into a ‘ring of fire’, meaning a sliver of the sun’s surface will still be visible around the moon.
The “greatest duration” of the eclipse — west of Chile in the South Pacific Ocean — occurs at 8:16 a.m. ET, which lasts about 1 minute and 22 seconds, when the eclipse ribbon is 59 miles wide.
The “greatest eclipse” part, when the moon shadow’s axis passes closest to Earth’s center — east of Buenos Aires in the Atlantic Ocean — happens at 9:54 a.m. ET, and that lasts about 44 seconds, according to Espenak.
If you miss this event, a much more dramatic total eclipse of the sun will occur on August 21, when the moon’s shadow will completely blot out the sun in a path that cuts right across the continental United States.