Solar Eclipse 2021: Northern Hemisphere will witness “ring of fire” in the sky as an annular solar eclipse moves across our planet on June 10.
Solar eclipses happen when moon moves between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth and blocking some of sun’s light. This Thursday on Junes 10, the world look forward to an annular solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon is too far away from Earth in its elliptical orbit to completely block out the sun like it does during a total solar eclipse. Instead, it leaves the outer ring of the sun exposed, creating the appearance of a “ring of fire” in the sky during the only annular solar eclipse of 2021.
“It is not going to look like your regular sun,” Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, told Space.com. While the full “ring of fire” will be visible from the northernmost latitudes most viewers will be able to see only a partial version of solar eclipse, which will be visible from parts of North America, Europe and Asia.
A partial solar eclipse, in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun, may not be as impressive as an annular “ring of fire” eclipse. However, Faherty noted that even a partial eclipse can be incredible to witness. Thursday’s partial eclipse will look like “the ‘Death Star’ is in front of the sun as it’s rising,” she said, referring to the moon-size space weapon from “Star Wars.”
“From our perspective, it covers a lot of it. It covers enough of it that you end up with this effect that there will be a black dot with the rest of the sun shining around it, which ends up looking like a ring of fire,” she said.
“This one’s kind of cool,” Faherty said, “because the way the shadow of the moon is going to pass over the Earth, it’s going to pass over the North Pole.” She added
Skywatchers in Canada and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and northern Africa will also have visibility of a partial solar eclipse.
“The sun will be rising, while partially eclipsed,” Faherty added. “In New York, it’ll be about 72% or 73% eclipsed as it rises … [and] as it rises, it’s close to the horizon, so you can see it with buildings or with trees,” Faherty said.