'Ring of fire' eclipse is Sunday, but won't be visible in Md.

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May 18, 2012|By Scott Dance

The sun and moon will put on a spectacular show Sunday, but it won’t be visible from Maryland.

The first annular eclipse visible in the U.S. since 1994 will be visible across a stretch of western states. The track of optimal viewing stretches from northern California to the Texas panhandle. EarthSky.org has a nice map showing where the eclipse can be seen.

In annular eclipses, the new moon passes directly in front of the sun, creating what looks like a ring of fire in the sky. Such an eclipse won’t occur again until Oct. 14, 2023.

If you are lucky enough to be out west, the National Park Service is hosting eclipse viewing events amid the splendor of nature at more than 30 national parks within the viewing window. You can view a live stream of the eclipse from Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, N.M., from the park service's special eclipse website.

The maximum eclipse occurs at about 7:30 p.m. Albuquerque time, so tune into the webcast by 9:30 Sunday night Eastern time if you want to watch.

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