The first solar eclipse of the year arrives on Thursday (June 10), where the moon will pass in front of the sun and create the illusion of a “fire ring” in the sky in northern Canada, Greenland and the Arctic. Other parts of the northern hemisphere in the United States, Europe and Asia will be able to see a partial eclipse.
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Unlike a “ring of fire” or ring eclipse, the moon does not go directly over the center of the solar disk during a partial eclipse. On the contrary, the moon appears to take a “bite”
You can find maps, diagrams and animations of Thursday’s eclipse in the slideshow below – and look here during and after the eclipse to get pictures of the big event!
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This map of the eclipse path shows where on June 10, 2021, annular and partial solar eclipses will occur.
Skywatchers in large parts of central and eastern North America as well as parts of Europe and Africa will see a partial solar eclipse, but the “ring fire” effect will be limited to a narrow and sparsely populated piece of land in central and eastern Canada.
A composition of images of an annular solar eclipse shows several steps, from left to right, as the moon passes in front of the sun.
The solar eclipse on June 10 begins at. 4:12 EDT (0812 GMT) when the moon first appears to come in contact with the sun from Earth’s perspective. A “fire ring” will be visible along the annular path at. 05.49 EDT (0949 GMT), where the moment of maximum eclipse takes place at. 06.41 EDT (1041 GMT).
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Ring 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 distance of the moon from the earth is not constant; its orbit is an imperfect circle. When the moon is further away from the earth, it appears to be smaller in the sky than when it is closer to the Earth.
Because some of the sun’s disk glows around the edge of the moon, ring eclipses should never be observed without proper eye protection.
A visualization of an annular solar eclipse.
A NASA animation of the predicted path of the annular solar eclipse on June 10, 2021.
The partial solar eclipse is primarily visible in the northeastern United States and Canada plus northwestern Europe. A small strip across eastern Canada will experience it as a ring eclipse.
This map shows how the partial solar eclipse on June 10, 2021 will appear from cities in North America, where the eclipse will occur at sunrise.
Table showing the timing of the solar eclipse on June 10, 2021 from various locations.
Table showing the timing of the solar eclipse on June 10, 2021 from various locations in Europe and Africa.
A NASA map of the path to the June 10, 2021 annular solar eclipse shows the journey it will take over the Earth’s northernmost regions.
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