Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 9, 2021

‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse on June 10

EarthSky  reports

The new moon will sweep in front of the sun to create this year’s first solar eclipse on Thursday, June 10. On that day, the moon in its elliptical orbit around Earth will lie too far from us to cover over the sun completely. So a bright annulus – or ring – will surround the new moon silhouette at mid-eclipse. It’s the outer rim of the sun, not quite hidden from view. People have taken to calling these “ring of fire” eclipses. Essentially, they are partial eclipses, albeit very dramatic ones. As with any partial eclipse, you need eye protection to watch an annular eclipse. Watching with the unaided eye will cause eye damage.

From much of North America, people will see the sun in eclipse at sunrise on June 10. Northerly and easterly locations in the U.S. have the best view. Or you can watch the eclipse live online, at Virtual Telescope TV. The live feed is scheduled for June 10, starting at 09:30 UTC (translate UTC to your time.)

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