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Solar Eclipse 2021: How and when to watch ‘Ring of Fire’ from June

Some people in the northern hemisphere will be able to catch the first of two solar eclipses this year on June 10th.

This eclipse is a ring eclipse, which means that the moon is far enough away from Earth that it looks smaller than the sun.

When the moon crosses paths with the burning star, it will look smaller than the sun, leaving room for bright light to glow around the edges. This is called “firefighting” and will be visible to some people in Greenland, northern Russia and Canada, NASA said.

The name “annular” comes from the Latin word “annulus”
;, which means annular, according to Farmers’ Almanac.

Other countries in the northern hemisphere, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, may see a partial eclipse where the moon covers only part of the sun. A nail-shaped shade will cover a different percentage of the sun, depending on your location.

The path to the ring shape – which tracks where the fire is visible – will begin across the northern United States and then cross over the Arctic before ending in northeastern Russia, Farmers’ Almanac said.

When to see the solar eclipse

The moon begins to cover the sun at. 4:12 ET (13:42 IST in India) on June 10, according to Farmers’ Almanac.

The annular eclipse starts at 05.50 ET (15:20 IST), is at its largest at 06:42 ET (16:12 IST) and ends at. 19:34 ET (17:04 IST). Finally, the partial eclipse ends at. 9:11 ET (18:41 IST).

For more specific times related to your geographic location, see TimeAndDate.com.
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If you can not see the eclipse, NASA and The Virtual Telescope Project stream live views.

How to safely see

Because some of the sun’s rays will glow behind the moon, it’s important to wear proper eye protection when watching the solar eclipse, according to the American Astronomical Society.
When buying a sunscreen, make sure it meets the ISO 12312-2 international standard to protect your eyes. “Eclipse glasses” cost a few dollars and are the only safe way to see the eclipse, AAS said.

Here are some additional safety tips to keep in mind, according to the American Astronomical Society:

  • Always inspect your sunscreen before use; if it is scratched, punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow all instructions printed or packaged with the filter.
  • Always monitor children using sunscreens.
  • If you normally wear glasses, wear them. Put your goggles over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or sunscreen before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter; do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the solar eclipse or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical devices while wearing your sunglasses or handheld sun visor. the concentrated sun rays can damage the filter and penetrate the eyes and cause serious personal injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a sunscreen with a camera, telescope, binoculars or any other optical device; note that sunscreens must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lenses or other optics.

Solar and lunar eclipses

This year, in addition to the two solar eclipses, there will be two eclipses on the moon – and three of these will be visible to some in North America, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
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After the solar eclipse on June 10, the next opportunity to see an eclipse will not be until November 19. This partial eclipse of the moon can be seen by skywatchers in North America and Hawaii between 6 p.m. 1 and 7:06 ET.

And the year ends with a total solar eclipse on December 4th. It will not be visible in North America, but those in the Falkland Islands, the southern tip of Africa, Antarctica and southeastern Australia will be able to see it.

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Full moons

Typically for a normal year, 2021 will have 12 full moons. (There were 13 full moons last year, two of which were in October.)

Here are all the full moons left this year and their names, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

June 24 – Strawberry Moon

July 23 – Buck Moon

August 22 – Storm Moon

September 20 – autumn moon

October 20 – The Hunter’s Moon

November 19 – Beaver Moon

December 18 – cold moon

Also, be sure to check for the other names of these moons attributed to their respective Native American tribes.

Meteor showers

The Delta jellyfish are best seen from the southern tropics and will peak between July 28 and 29, when the moon is 74% full.

Interestingly, another meteor shower peaks that night – Alpha Capricornids. This is a much weaker shower, but it has been known to produce some bright fireballs during its peak. Carpicornids will be visible to everyone, no matter which side of the equator you are on.

Perseid meteor shower, the most popular of the year, will peak between 11 and 12 August in the northern hemisphere when the moon is only 13% full.

Here’s the meteor shower schedule for the rest of the year according to EarthSky’s meteor shower outlook.

October 8: Draconids

October 21: Orionids

November 4 to 5: Southern Taurids

November 11-12: Northern Taurids

November 17: Leonids

December 13-14: Twins

December 22: Ursids

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Visible planets

Skywatchers will have more opportunities to spot the planets in our sky during certain mornings and evenings during 2021, according to Farmer’s Almanac Planetary Guide.

It is possible to see most of these with the naked eye, with the exception of distant Neptune, but binoculars or a telescope provide the best view.

Mercury will look like a bright star in the morning sky from June 27 to July 16 and October 18 to November 1. The planet will shine in the night sky from 31 August to 21 September and 29 November to 31 December.

Venus, our closest neighbor in the solar system, is visible in the western sky at dusk until the evening of December 31st. It is the second largest object in our sky after the moon.

Mars makes its reddish appearance in the morning sky between November 24 and December 31, and it appears in the evening sky through August 22.

Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is the third brightest object in our sky. The Giant will be exhibited in the morning sky until August 19th. Look for it in the evening of August 20th to December 31st – but it will be clearest from August 8th to September 2nd.

Saturn’s rings are only visible through a telescope, but the planet itself can still be seen with the naked eye in the morning of August 1st and in the evening of August 2nd to December 31st. It will be at its brightest during the first four days of August.

A pair of binoculars or a telescope will help you spot the greenish glow of Uranus in the morning of May 16th to November 3rd and in the evening of November 4th to December 31st. The planet will be at its brightest between August 28 and December 31.

And our most distant neighbor in the solar system, Neptune, will be visible through a telescope in the morning through September 13th and in the evening from September 14th to December 31st. The outlier of the planets will be at its brightest between July 19th and November 8th.

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