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  • The annular solar eclipse will take place on June 10, and partially obstruct the sun.
  • Researchers say it will look like a black circular disk hovering over a red-orange circle, creating an optical ring.
  • People in Canada, Greenland, and Russia have the best viewing odds.

On Thursday, June 10, an astronomical anomaly is set to occur visible to people across the northern hemisphere, when the moon moves in front of the sun, creating a solar eclipse.

The solar eclipse, an event that happens when the moon lines up between the sun and the Earth, is set to cast a shadow and disrupt the sun’s rays.

This annular eclipse is not anticipated to block the entire view of the sun, but will cover enough of the sun’s surface to look like a dark circle atop of a brighter, orange circle, thus creating what scientists dub a ring of fire. 

Lucky individuals who get to see the eclipse will be those in Greenland, Canada, and northern Russia.


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Most other places, such as parts of the eastern United States and northern Alaska, will see a partial solar eclipse on June 10, as will most of Canada and some portions of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. 

Specifically in the U.S., a partial eclipse will be visible within areas of the Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, and in Northern Alaska. For most of these regions, the eclipse will occur either before, during, or just after sunrise. 

In order to get the best view in your area, you will need to have a clear view of the horizon at sunrise. 

Scientists have created an interactive map to help people gauge which areas will have a view of the eclipse, and what time you’ll need to be on the lookout to catch a glimpse. 

Experts at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also warn that it isn’t safe to look directly at the sun, and advise that people should wear specialty solar viewing or ellipse glasses to protect their eyes.


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Published on Jun 09, 2021