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05/09/2013 12:37 pm ET

'Ring Of Fire' Eclipse: How To Watch The 2013 Solar Event LIVE Online

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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.

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