The sun will be blocked by the moon on Thursday, making a ring of fire eclipse.
People in some places in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to see the first of the two solar eclipses that will happen this year. A solar eclipse takes place when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun and blocks the sun’s rays as per NASA.
This eclipse will be an annular eclipse which means the moon will be far away from the Earth and will appear smaller than our sun. When the moon will cross the sun’s path, it will look smaller and thus create a bright glow around its edges. Hence it is called the ring of fire and some people who live in Northern Russia, Greenland, and Canada as per NASA will be able to see it.
The word annular has been derived from annulus which is a Latin word. It means ring-shaped as per the Farmers’ Almanac. Other countries situated in the Northern hemisphere will be able to watch a partial eclipse such as Ireland and the United Kingdom. The moon will only cover a small part of the sun in these countries. Based on your location, a shadow shaped like a fingernail will also cover a percentage of our sun.
The place where the ring of fire is visible is called the path of annularity and it will start in the Northern United States, cross over the Arctic and finish in Northeastern Russia as per Farmers’ Almanac.
When Can You See The Eclipse
As per the Farmers’ Almanac, the moon will start covering the sun at 4.12 am ET on June 10. The ring of fire will begin at 5.50 am ET and will be at its height at 6.42 am ET. It will end at 7.34 am ET. The partial solar eclipse will end at 9.11 am ET.
Safety while Watching The Eclipse
The sun’s rays will be bright and glowing from behind the moon, hence you must wear the appropriate eye protection when watching the solar eclipse as per the American Astronomical Society.
The solar filter you buy must meet the ISO 12312-2 standards to provide protection to your eyes. As per the AAS, you can buy Eclipse glasses to safely view the solar eclipse.
Tips to Watch the Eclipse
Here are some safety tips as per the American Astronomical Society-
1. You must inspect the solar filter before you use it. It must not be punctured, scratched, damaged, or torn. If it is, throw it away.
2. Follow and read instructions that may be on your filter.
3. If children are using solar filters, then supervise them.
4. If you wear eyeglasses, then do not remove them. You can put eclipse glasses over them or hold a handheld viewer over them.
5. Cover your eyes with a solar viewer or eclipse glasses and stand still while looking at the glowing ring of fire.
6. After you have seen the eclipse, turn away and discard the filter. You must not remove the filter while you are still watching the sun.