While some Aussies will be able to witness the annual "ring of fire" eclipse first-hand, the rest of the world won't be able to get a glimpse of the spectacular event -- at least, not in the sky.
So how can you watch the eclipse? We'll be running a live feed right here on HuffPost Science starting at 5:30 pm Eastern on Thursday, May 9.
SLOOH, a private company that controls robotic space cameras, often broadcasts such events through a real-time feed in true color -- we'll have their feed, along with a slideshow where readers can submit photos of the event and their setup for watching it.
Named for the ring shape created by the moon blocking part of the sun's light, the 'ring of fire' or 'annular' solar eclipse will be visible in certain parts of Australia and the Southern Pacific Ocean. That's a pretty small range, and depending on weather conditions, even people in the region may not be able to see the celestial event.
However, those who are able to step outside to see the moon pass over the sun should use caution and take protective measures. The most important rule of thumb: Never look directly at the sun. While there are several options -- from specialty eclipse glasses to homemade devices capable of limiting the field of view -- eclipse viewers should make sure that they are taking the proper steps to prevent possible eye damage.
Click over to NASA to see the anticipated path of the 2013 annular solar eclipse.
Earlier on HuffPost:
How savvy are you about eclipses? You probably know that a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. But did you know that the shadow of a solar eclipse travel at 1,100 miles an hour at the equator and up to 5,000 miles an hour at the poles? And that's just one of this slideshow's fascinating facts, as compiled by NASA scientist Sten Odenwald. Picture taken on Easter Island, 3700 km off the Chilean coast in the Pacific Ocean, on July 11, 2010.
During an eclipse, local animals and birds often prepare for sleep or behave confusedly. Picture taken in Bucharest, Romania on January 4, 2011.
Before the advent of modern atomic clocks, studies of ancient records of solar eclipses allowed astronomers to detect a 0.001 second per century slowing down in Earth's rotation. Picture taken on July 22, 2009 from the observatory of the University of the Philippines in Manila.
The width of the path in which a total eclipse is visible is at most 167 miles wide. Picture taken at the Life-giving Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Moscow, Russia on January 4, 2011.
The longest duration for a total solar eclipse is 7.5 minutes. Picture taken on January 04, 2011 in Locon, northern France.
Partial solar eclipses can be seen up to 3,000 miles from the "track" of totality. Picture taken in Baihata village, 30 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of the northeastern state of Assam in India on July 22, 2009.
The maximum number of solar eclipses (partial, annular, or total) is 5 per year, and there are at least 2 solar eclipses per year somewhere on the Earth. Picture taken in the Indian city of Varanasi on July 22, 2009.
Only partial solar eclipses can be observed from the North and South Poles. Picture taken over the statue of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on July 22, 2009.
Light filtering through leaves on trees casts crescent shadows as totality approaches. Picture taken on July 22, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea.
"Shadow bands" are often seen on the ground as the eclipse's peak approaches. Picture taken on January 04, 2011 in Rennes, western France.
During totality, the horizon is illuminated in a narrow band of light, because an observer is seeing distant localities not under the direct umbra, or area of darkness, of the Moon's shadow. Picture taken on January 4, 2011 in Old Damascus, Syria.
Local temperatures often drop 20 degrees or more near totality. Picture taken January 4, 2011 in Italy.
Every eclipse begins at sunrise at some point in its track and ends at sunset about half way around the world from the start point. Picture taken January 4, 2011 by the Hinode satellite.
Nearly identical eclipses (total, annual, or partial) occur after 18 years and 11 days, or every 6,585.32 days (Saros Cycle). Picture taken in Lahore, Pakistan on January 4, 2011.