Where You'll Be Able To See The Annular Solar Eclipse Thursday Morning

Ross Houston
June 10, 2021

There's a solar eclipse happening early in the morning on June 10.

When the Sun, Moon, and Earth are aligned at one point in their respective orbits, we experience a total eclipse. As a result, the size of the moon and the size of the Sun correlate nearly perfectly - except that the Moon's distance from the Earth varies by about 10 percent, depending on whether it's at perihelion (closest to us) and aphelion (farthest away). An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is far enough away from the Earth that it can not completely cover the Sun.

Astrologists are not expecting to see the moon itself, but people should be able to see the silhouette when it overlaps the sun as onlookers will be looking at it from the shadowed side. You should never look at the sun before, during or after an eclipse without protective eyewear.

Meanwhile, any sky-watchers in a narrow path across remote parts of northern Canada and the Arctic will be treated to a full annular eclipse, when the edges of the sun will shine around the perimeter of the darkened lunar disk. During this eclipse, people on the south coast will see a ring of fire in the sky for almost four minutes just before sunset.

There was a partial eclipse of the sun visible from sites in Caithness back in 2015.

The eclipse causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon dubbed as the "ring of fire".

The delicate retina cells can be damaged by the sun's rays, which remain powerful even during an eclipse.

We won't be thrown into complete darkness, some areas will see nearly a third of the Sun's light blocked by the Moon.

Particles in Earth's atmosphere can also affect the sun's colors.

What section of the sun is blocked depends on your vantage point.

Whether you are viewing a partial or annular eclipse, you'll need to bring verified solar filter glasses to protect your eyes from injury.

Of course, to see the eclipse from the best locations and at the right time, the weather will have to cooperate-and it seems that will be tricky for some observers.

Skywatchers can also make a solar eclipse viewer out of a box, or construct a homemade Sun projector with binoculars and cardboard.

The place which enjoys the greatest duration eclipse - at nearly four minutes in length - is in the middle of the Nares Strait, the narrow channel that divides the Canadian archipelago from Greenland. Bright-eyed solar eclipsers flocked to an event at Thrumster House that year where they viewed the eclipse with special glasses.

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