Solar Eclipse to turn Sun into ‘Ring of Fire’

THE first annular solar eclipse of the year is expected to transform the sun into a ring of fire this afternoon, but only for a remote section of the world.

A small stretch of Antarctica will be the only place in the world to view the annular eclipse in full, however Australia will still be treated to a fascinating partial eclipse, with southerners tipped to get the best view.

The eclipse will occur close to sunset and in some places such as Sydney and Brisbane, the Sun sets during maximum phase.


Star gazers will need a flat, unobstructed horizon to see the eclipse at its best.

More than half the sun will be covered in Hobart, Tasmania while just 24 per cent of the sun will be covered by the moon as it sets over Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Annular and total solar eclipses both occur, on average, about once every 18 months. In an annular eclipse, the Moon does not completely cover the Sun, and the Sun forms a thin ring around the Moon at maximum eclipse, giving the appearance of a ‘ring of fire’.

WARNING: Never look directly at the sun during an eclipse with a telescope, binoculars or your unaided eye as irreparable eye damage or blindness can occur. See: SAFE OBSERVING TIPS.

City Eclipse Start Mid Eclipse Eclipse End % Sun covered
Adelaide (ACST) 3:25 pm 4:37 pm sets 5:35 pm 51
Alice Springs (ACST) 3:44 pm 4:47 pm 5:54 pm 26
Brisbane (AEST) 4:31 pm 5:17 pm sets mid eclipse 24
Cairns (AEST) 4:25 pm 5:01 pm sets 5:59 pm 10
Canberra (AEST) 4:05 pm 5:12 pm sets 5:22 pm 46
Darwin (ACST) 4:21 pm 4:55 pm 5:28 pm 4
Hobart (AEST) 3:51 pm 5:00 pm sets 5:17 pm 64
Melbourne (AEST) 3:58 pm 5:07 pm sets 5:35 pm 55
Perth (AWST) 1:17 pm 2:42 pm 3:59 pm 49
Sydney (AEST) 4:14 pm 5:15 pm sets mid eclipse 41
Townsville (AEST) 4:49 pm 5:30 pm sets 5:52 pm 10