This is how you see the rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse next week week
Last month’s “Super Flower Blood Moon”was hardly the only exciting sky event of the season. Next week brings an even bigger spectacle – a rare one “ “Solar eclipse.
On June 10th, skywatchers all over the world can watch the solar eclipse.
What is an annular solar eclipse?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun and completely blocks sunlight. During an annular solar eclipse, the moon does not completely cover the sun as it passes, so a glowing ring of sunlight is visible.
An annular solar eclipse can only occur under certain conditions, says NASA. The moon must be in its first lunar phase, and it must also be farther from Earth in its elliptical orbit and appear smaller in the sky than it normally would.
Since the moon appears smaller under these circumstances, it cannot completely block out the sun and form a so-called “ring of fire” or “ring of light”.
“As the pair ascend higher in the sky, the moon’s silhouette gradually shifts from the sun to the lower left, making more of the sun visible until the eclipse ends,” NASA said.
How to watch the annular solar eclipse
Thursday morning, June 10th, makes the new moon that willthe sun at 6:53 p.m. ET. To see it, look east.
The narrow path of the solar eclipse will be fully visible in parts of Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean, and Siberia. It will be partially visible for much of the rest of northeast North America, Greenland, northern Europe, and northern Asia.
From the Washington, D.C. area, the moon will block approximately 80% of the left side of the sun when they rise together at 5:42 a.m. in the east-northeast. The sun will appear as a sickle during this time, NASA says.
“From any point along this ring-shaped solar eclipse path, the middle or ring-shaped or ‘ring of fire’ phase of the solar eclipse takes a maximum of 3 minutes 51 seconds,” says EarthSky.
The event ends around 6:29 p.m. ET.
It is important to wear special eclipse glasses to protect your eyes while viewing the celestial phenomenon. Looking directly into the sun is dangerous and can damage your eyes.
This is only one of two solar eclipses in 2021. A total solar eclipse will be visible on December 4th.
And don’t worry if you miss it – you can just watch a live stream instead.