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Early travel across the northern hemisphere can see what looks like a “fire” in the sky Thursday morning as the moon passes between the earth and the sun.
The solar eclipse expected around sunrise is shown that way because the moon is at or near the farthest point in its elliptical orbit around the Earth right now, so when it passes between us and our nearest star, it blocks only part of the sun. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the entire sun, so only a mist of light around the darkened moon is visible.
Instead, we humans catch one of two sights Thursday morning:
Annular solar eclipse: This is when the moon is furthest from the earth and looks very small. The entire moon passes in front of the sun, creating what looks like a donut hole in the center of the star.
Partial solar eclipse: This happens when the three celestial bodies are not perfectly aligned so that only part of the moon passes in front of the sun. In this case, the sun will look as if a bite has been taken out of it.
Only a few people can see an annular solar eclipse on Thursday.
But even a partial eclipse will still appear as if ” Death Star ‘is facing the sun as it rises, “Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, told Space.com.
Where the eclipse can be seen
According to NASA, viewers in the southeastern, northeastern, and midwestern continental United States, as well as in northern Alaska, will be able to see a partial eclipse before, during, and just after sunrise.
A partial eclipse will also be visible in large parts of Canada as well as parts of Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Caribbean.
People in parts of Canada, Greenland and northern Russia will be able to see the annular eclipse, the agency said.
If you can not see the eclipse from where you are, or just want a clearer picture, NASA streams the astronomical event here and here.
The power, which begins at. 5 ET, although sunrise only starts around noon. 05.47, shows a partial solar eclipse.
How to look at the sun safely
What you heard as a child is true: it is not safe to look directly into the sun, even if it is partially covered by the moon.
Therefore, NASA recommends wearing “sun visor or eclipse glasses” throughout the intersection. Ordinary sunglasses do not count.
There are also some creative alternatives to seeing the solar eclipse without risking damaging the eyes, such as seeing it through a pinhole projector or constructing a DIY wood sunscreen.
Didn’t we just have an eclipse?
Yes! But it was a little different.
You might be thinking of the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse that occurred in late May.
The earth passed directly between the sun and the moon, giving the moon a deep red hue in some parts of the world.
The lunar eclipse and solar eclipse are happening so closely together because the moon is traveling on roughly the same plane this month, according to GoScienceGo.com. One day the moon will set up with the sun on one side of the Earth, and approx. 15 days later it will line up with the sun on the other side.