- An annular solar eclipse is happening on June 10, 2021.
- During the phenomenon, the moon will partially block the sun, forming a ring of light to be visible from Earth.
- The annular solar eclipse will be completely visible in parts of Canada, Greenland, Siberia, and the Arctic Ocean.
A rare solar eclipse is happening next week.
On June 10, a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse will be visible to skywatchers all over the world.
A total solar eclipse happens when the moon completely blocks the sunlight as it passes directly between the sun and the Earth. But an annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon partially covers the sun as it passes, allowing a visible glowing ring of light to be visible on Earth.
According to NASA, an annular eclipse can only happen when the moon is in its first lunar phase, and it is farther away from our planet in its elliptical orbit, making it look smaller in the sky than it normally would.
Because of the small’s smaller appearance, it cannot completely block the sun out, thus producing what’s called the “ring of light” or “ring of fire”.
According to NASA: “As the pair rises higher in the sky, the silhouette of the Moon will gradually shift off the sun to the lower left, allowing more of the Sun to show until the eclipse ends.”
How to watch the annular solar eclipse
The morning of June 10 makes the new moon, which will pass directly between the sun and Earth at 6:53 a.m. ET. It will be seen in the east.
The “ring of light” will be completely seen in parts of Canada, Greenland, Siberia, and the Arctic Ocean, and will be partially visible for the rest of northeastern North America, Greenland, Northern Europe, and northern Asia.
If you’re from the Washington, D.C. area, the moon will cover about 80% of the left side of the sun, making it appear crescent. The sun and moon will rise together in the east-northeast at 5:42 a.m.
According to EarthSky, the annular or ‘ring of fire’ will last for a maximum of 3 minutes 51 seconds from any one point along the annular solar eclipse path.
The eclipse will end at around 6:29 a.m. ET.
Make sure to wear special solar eclipse glasses while watching the annular solar eclipse, as looking directly at the sun can damage your vision.
A total solar eclipse is also happening on December 4, 2021.
Source: Yahoo News