'Ring of fire' solar eclipse 2021: Path, viewing maps and photo guide

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What are eclipse glasses?

Solar viewer (also known as solar viewing glasses or solar eclipse glasses) are special eyewear designed for direct viewing of the Sun. ... Solar viewers are required for safe viewing of solar events such as eclipses. The recommended optical density of this eyewear is 5. wikipedia.orgSolar viewer

When is the next ring of fire solar eclipse?

The last annular solar eclipse occurred on June 21, 2020, and was visible in Africa, Asia and southeastern Europe. The next one after tomorrow's will occur on Oct. 14, 2023, and will be visible in Central and South America and the western U.S. The Wall Street JournalSolar Eclipse 2021: What Time Is the June ‘Ring of Fire’ and How to Watch

Is there a solar eclipse in June 2021?

Solar Eclipse 2021: The first Solar Eclipse of this year will take place on June 10, which is tomorrow. ... Those who are based in parts of the eastern United States, northern Alaska, Canada and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and northern Africa will get to see the solar eclipse. The Indian ExpressSolar Eclipse 2021 on June 10: Important facts about eclipses

If you snap a photo of the eclipse and would like to share, you can send images and comments to spacephotos@space.com.

Unlike a "ring of fire" or annular eclipse, the moon does not pass directly across the center of the sun's disk during a partial eclipse. Rather, the moon will appear to take a "bite" out of the sun, with the size of that bite depending on how far the observer is from the path of annularity.

You can find maps, diagrams and animations of Thursday's eclipse in the slideshow below — and check back here during and after the eclipse for photos of the big event! 

This map of the eclipse path shows where the June 10, 2021, annular and partial solar eclipse will occur. 

Skywatchers in much of central and eastern North America, as well as parts of Europe and Africa, will see a partial solar eclipse, but the "ring of fire" effect will be limited to a narrow and scarcely-populated slice of land in central and eastern Canada.

A composite of images of an annular solar eclipse shows several stages, left to right, as the moon passes in front of the sun.

The solar eclipse on June 10 will begin at 4:12 a.m. EDT (0812 GMT), when the moon will first appear to make contact with the sun from Earth's perspective. A "ring of fire" will become visible along the path of annularity at 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT), with the moment of maximum eclipse occurring at 6:41 a.m. EDT (1041 GMT).

Related: The 'ring of fire' solar eclipse of 2021: What time does it begin?

Annular eclipses are similar to total solar eclipses, but the key difference is that the moon will not completely cover the sun. This happens because the moon's distance from Earth is not constant; its orbit is an imperfect circle. When the moon is farther from Earth, it appears smaller in the sky than it does when it is closer to Earth. 

Because some of the sun's disk glows around the moon's edge, annular eclipses should never be observed without proper eye protection.

A visualization of an annular solar eclipse.

A NASA animation of the annular solar eclipse's predicted path on June 10, 2021.

The partial solar eclipse is visible primarily in the Northeast U.S. and Canada, plus Northwest Europe. A small strip across Eastern Canada will experience it as an annular eclipse.

This map shows how the partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021 will appear from cities in North America, where the eclipse will happen at sunrise.

Table showing timing of the June 10, 2021 solar eclipse from various locations.

Table showing timing of the June 10, 2021 solar eclipse from various locations in Europe and Africa.

A NASA map of the path of the June 10, 2021 annular solar eclipse shows the journey it will take across Earth's northernmost regions.

You should never look directly at the sun, but there are ways to safely observe an eclipse.

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How Thursday's ring of fire eclipse works and where you can watch it - NBC2 News

NBC2 News 09 June, 2021 - 03:46pm

Parts of Earth will be treated to a solar eclipse on Thursday morning. Unfortunately for us Floridians, we won’t be in line to see this one as we live too far south. But, areas of the Northeast US, Great Lakes and swaths of Canada will get to see a piece of the eclipse early on Thursday morning, and it should be a cool show!  

Since we’ll be out of the prime viewing region for this solar spectacle, if you want to see it for yourself without taking a last-minute trip north you’ll need to watch it online. NASA has a special livestream of the event you can watch by clicking here

Coverage begins at 5 a.m. Thursday.  

Thursday’s eclipse has a few names depending on where it will be viewed from.  It’s technically a partial solar eclipse for people in areas like New York City and Boston.  That’s because of the position of the moon, from their perspective it will appear as if a chunk of the sun is missing because of how the moon will be crossing in front of it (looking almost like a cookie appears when a big bite is taken from it).  

In parts of Canada though, mainly across northern Ontario, northern Québec, Nunavut and Northwest Territories, the “ring of fire” eclipse show will be visible.  Here, from the Earth’s perspective the moon will move more directly across the sun, giving the appearance of a large black circle with a thin illuminated outline hovering overhead like you see in the image below. 

The event these regions will see early on Thursday morning is sometimes referred to as an annular eclipse.  That is a solar eclipse happening when the moon is on the part of its orbit where it’s relatively far away from Earth.  Something to remember with the moon’s orbit is that instead of being a perfect circle like a steering wheel or hula-hoop, the moon has an elliptical orbit in more of an oval shape than a circle shape.  This means the distance the moon is from the Earth varies based on where it happens to be as it orbits our planet.  When the eclipse happens on a point on the orbit where the moon’s far away, it’s not big enough to block out the entire sun. 

You can learn more about eclipses from NASA by following this link

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Rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse will cast a dramatic shadow TOMORROW

Daily Mail 09 June, 2021 - 02:59am

By Ryan Morrison

A rare type of solar eclipse that creates a 'ring of fire' around a blacked out Sun will cast a dramatic shadow over Russia and Canada tomorrow.

Skygazers in the UK and US won't miss out entirely though, as a partial solar eclipse will be visible, with about 30 per cent of the Sun blocked out in Scotland, 20 per cent in southern England and as much as 70 per cent over Eastern US states. 

This is known as an annular eclipse, occurring when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. 

It results in the Sun appearing as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the Moon, a phenomenon dubbed 'the ring of fire by astronomers. 

British and Irish observers will see a crescent Sun instead of a ring, and in the US, viewers will be able to see a partial eclipse at sunrise, another rare phenomenon. 

In the UK the partial eclipse will begin at 10:08 BST tomorrow, reaching maximum coverage - or about a third - at 11:13 BST, ending at 12:22 BST the same day. 

A rare type of solar eclipse that creates a 'ring of fire' around a blacked out Sun will cast a dramatic shadow over Russia and Canada tomorrow

Skygazers in the UK and US won't miss out entirely though, as a partial solar eclipse will be visible, with about 30 per cent of the Sun blocked out in Scotland, 20 per cent in southern England and as much as 70 per cent over Eastern US states

The next US solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024, passing from Texas to Maine.

On September 2, 2035, China, northern Japan and Korea will witness a total solar eclipse. 

Between 2023 and 2038, the greatest number of total solar eclipses will take place in Australia.

There will be five solar eclipses visible from the continent between April 20th, 2023 and December 26th, 2038. 

The next total solar eclipse visible in the UK isn't until 2093. 

'From the UK, the annular solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse, meaning that we'll only see the Moon pass in front of a small part of the Sun,' said Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.   

She warned that looking directly at the Sun, even one partially eclipsed, can cause serious and permanent damage to the eyes.

'Never look at the Sun directly or use standard sunglasses, it can cause serious harm to your eyes,' added Dr Drabek-Maunder.

It also isn't safe to look at the Sun through binoculars, telescopes or a camera lens without specialist filters - so best to avoid taking direct images. 

Using a simple pinhole projector, solar eclipse viewing glasses, which can be purchased online, or special solar filters –are viable alternatives.

'You can make a projector by poking a small hole into a piece of card,' said Dr Drabek-Maunder, adding you hold the card to the Sun so it shines through the hole on to a piece of paper placed behind the card.

'You will be able to see the shape of the Sun projected on to the piece of paper and watch its shape change as the Moon passes in front of the Sun.'

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is also live-streaming the eclipse on its website and YouTube channel.  

While the UK won't see the 'ring of fire', we will be able to watch a a partial solar eclipse where the Moon covers 32 per cent of the sun

Philadelphia, New York and Boston will see 70 per cent of our star eclipsed by the Moon during sunrise. 

A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, moon and Earth are in alignment such that the Moon appears — from certain locations — to completely block out the Sun in the sky

The spectacular eclipse is when a 'burning ring' appears in the Earth's sky.

It happens when the Earth, Sun and Moon align as the Moon is at the furthest point away from Earth in its orbit.

This means it is unable to fully obscure the Sun, causing a 'burning ring' to appear in the sky. 

This is shown in part B of the diagram on the left.

The fascinating light display happens every six months or so, but has not been visible from the UK since 2003.

The next time Britons will be able to see it will be on 10 June 2021, when it will be visible across the whole country.

Source: NASA 

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