Wake up to sunrise in some parts of North America and you can see the rarely seen horns and “shark fins” showing the sun.
Wake up with the sun on Thursday in parts of North America and you might get to see different sides of our neighborhood star. On June 10, the black new moon will move in front of the Sun, resulting in a partial solar eclipse visible from large areas of North America and Europe. A few lucky skywatchers in a narrow stretch of Canada and Siberia will be able to watch the most dramatic part of the show.”“Which results from the Moon covering all but the sides of the Sun.
Its scientific name is an annular solar eclipse, which is slightly different from a total solar eclipse—when the Moon is at the right distance from Earth to completely cover the Sun. Total solar eclipse a. imposed on, and we will get .
The path of a Sauron-like event is called the Annular Path, and in this instance it passes through some very remote and uninhabited areas, including northern Canada, Greenland, and the frickin’ North Pole. Add the COVID travel restrictions on top of everything else, and the real ring of fire may be seen by very few.
Your best shot at this point may be to drop a few coins or otherwise try to work your way on a chartered flight from Minnesota to Sky & Telescope magazine to watch the eclipse from the air.
The good news for millions of others is that the partial eclipse will still be visible for some time from the northern and eastern parts of North America and much of Europe. The animation below from NASA provides a good idea of when and where it will be visible. The larger shadow on the globe reflects the day side from the night side, while the lighter, secondary shadow is where and when a partial eclipse will be visible. The annular path is indicated by the small red area.
Another rare aspect of this eclipse is that it will occur close to sunrise in many places. This means that with a nice, flat horizon to the east, such as on a coast, the Sun may appear to be a rising horn instead of its usual curved disc.
“Good places to see this phenomenon are around Thunder Bay, Salt Ste Marie, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York City and Atlantic City,” explains Michael Zeiler of GreatAmericanEclipse.com. “Other places the rising sun will be visible as shark fins, such as Ottawa, Montreal and Boston.”
Remember, never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, even (especially) during an eclipse. He’s still a blind ball of fire out there.
The American Astronomical Society has this official guide on safely viewing the eclipse using a filter or viewer, or the old pinhole projection method.
For most of us who won’t be able to follow the annularity route this time, plan to head to the western US on October 14, 2023, when the Ring of Fire reappears.
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