Watch the eclipse and Ring of Fire online, if weather permits

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If you are not in the global zone and unable to view Sunday's annular eclipse of the sun, don't fret. There are online sites ready to take a stab at streaming video of the event.

The annular solar eclipse of the sun that is expected to produce the "Ring of Fire" should be visible in the southern portion of China, Japan, the Northern Pacific and the west coast of the U.S., says NBC News. And even if you are situated in these places, weather may not cooperate.

NASA has provided a detailed explanation of where the best views will be and when they will take place.

"The annular path begins in southern China. Traveling eastward, the shadow quickly sweeps along the southern coast of Japan. For the over 10 million residents within the Tokyo metropolitan area, the annular phase will last 5 minutes.

After a 7000 kilometre-long ocean voyage lasting nearly 2 hours, the antumbra finally reaches land again along the rugged coastlines of southern Oregon and northern California. Redding, lies 30 kilometres south of the central line. Nevertheless, it still experiences an annular phase lasting 4 1/2 minutes.

By the time the antumbra reaches Albuquerque, NM (01:34 UT), the central duration is still 4 1/2 minutes. As its leading edge reaches the Texas Panhandle, the shadow is now an elongated ellipse extending all the way to Nevada."

Enter the enterprising folks who are attempting to give the rest of the world a chance to participate in viewing the much anticipated solar eclipse.

If there is no heavy cloud cover at the location of the cameras being trained on the sky and video streaming technology works as hoped, many of the billions left out will be able to catch a glimpse of the Ring of Fire that is expected to last no more than five minutes. More on that, here.

While the usual caution to those who able to catch it in person, of "don't look into the sun directly" applies, there will be no such problem by looking at your computer screen. NASA has all sorts of suggestions for protecting one's eyesight which can be found, here.

Here are a few suggestions from NBC News for those that want to try the online experiment. The University of North Dakota's webcast is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. Scottsmightmini.com is at your service. Owner and skywatching enthusiast Scotty Degenhardt promises a view from his iPhone camera while he sits in the famous Area 51 in New Mexico.

For much more direct from NASA, click here. There is a detailed time frame for when the annular eclipse will be viewable in each area of the zone.

For more recommendations regarding online viewing, NBC News has it, here.

Other Huliq coverage of the annular solar eclipse, here.

Image: NASA Eclipse website

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