Get ready to witness the most fascinating astronomical event of 2021. On Thursday, June 10, people across the northern hemisphere will have the chance to experience the Annular Solar Eclipse. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
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What is the Annular Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon scoots between the Earth and the Sun. They align in such a manner that the moon obstructs the path of light coming from the Sun. Due to this phenomenon, the light coming from the Sun does not reach at some areas of Earth. It casts a shadow on those areas. During an annular eclipse, the moon stays far from the Earth (Apogee). Due to the distance of the Moon, it appears smaller than the Sun in the sky. This also means that the Moon would be unable to block the entire Sun. From Earth, it appears that a smaller disc is placed over the Sun. The outer edge of the Sun remains visible. This creates a view that looks like a bright ring around the Moon. This ring is called the “Ring of Fire”.
Where will it be visible?
Some parts of Canada, Northern Russia, and Greenland will experience the annular Solar eclipse. Viewers from Northern Alaska, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia, and the eastern United States will experience a partial solar eclipse. The duration of the annular part will be 3m 5s long, while the eclipse will last for 5 hours. It will start from 08:12:20 UTC till 13:11:19 UTC. In India, it will start at 01:42 PM(IST) to 06:41 PM(IST).
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How to watch?
Because this is not a total solar eclipse, you should not be careless. Looking directly into the eclipse can cause severe damage to your eyes. So please take proper precautions before watching it. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the Sun. You will need special eclipse glasses or other tools. You can also use a pinhole projector.
NASA had made a video in which you can see the real-time in your local area when this annular solar eclipse will occur.
The only thing left is to pray that the weather stays in our favor!
If you are not able to see the annular solar eclipse then don’t worry. Here you can watch the ring of fire live.