The moon will pass in front of the sun on Sunday, leaving a compelling "ring of fire'' in the sky in the afternoon or early evening a rare celestial not seen in the U.S. since 1994, astronomers say.
Only you won't be able to see it.
The East Coast will be left out of the eclipse parties being set up in national parks all over the western U.S. because the sun will already have set by the time the eclipse is visible here.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets directly between Earth and the sun. Sunday’s event will be an partial solar eclipse across most of the United States and Canada, and a more compelling annular solar eclipse -- the kind with the "ring of fire'' — will be seen by a narrow swath of residents in the West and Southwest.
The eclipse is predicted to occur around 5:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, or around 8:30 p.m. — after sunset — in the east.