How To Watch The Rare "Ring Of Fire" Solar Eclipse On June 10th

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An annular eclipse will be visible from certain parts of the world on June 10, 2021 (Credit: Rehman Abubakr/ CC BY-SA 4.0/ creativecommons.org)

On the heels of the spectacular May 26, 2021, total lunar eclipse comes another celestial spectacle. On June 10, 2021, some lucky stargazers will witness this year's first of two solar eclipses. Since it is an annular, not a total, eclipse, the Sun's edges will be visible around the Moon, transforming the star into a stunning "ring of fire."

“Annular eclipses are similar to total eclipses in that the Moon, Earth, and Sun are aligned so that the moon moves directly in front of the Sun as viewed from Earth,” said Alex Young, associate director at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “But a total eclipse does not happen, that is the Moon does not completely block out the visible disk of the Sun because the Moon is farther away and so its apparent size in the sky is (slightly) smaller than the Sun. This means that a tiny ring of the annulus of the solar disk is visible around the Moon.”

The small red dot traces the path of the annular solar eclipse, while the larger gray circle depicts the region of the partial solar eclipse (Credit: NASA)

The annular eclipse will begin at sunrise in Ontario, Canada, travel across the North Pole, and end in Siberia, Russia. While the eclipse will last about 100 minutes from start to finish, the"ring of fire" will only be visible for about 3 minutes 51 seconds along any point in its path.

“A bucket-list item for many eclipse chasers is to witness a sunrise or sunset annular solar eclipse at maximum eclipse,” Michael Zeiler of GreatAmericanEclipse.com told Forbes. “This unearthly sight will be remarkable because the Sun will appear as a thin squished ring, heavily refracted by the dense atmospheric column at the horizon.”

A large number of people will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse on June 10 (Credit: NASA)

An equally stunning partial eclipse — which will cause the Sun to appear like someone has bitten off a large chunk of it — will be visible from Europe, Asia, and parts of North America. In the US, the partial eclipse can be observed from the South Carolina-Georgia border northwards up the Atlantic coast at, or slightly after, sunrise. Some of the best views will be reserved for the residents of Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC.

If you are among the fortunate ones in the eclipse's path, experts recommend seeking out an unobstructed viewing area — either on a beach or atop a high building. More importantly, use solar-viewing or eclipse glasses to prevent eye damage. You can also look at the eclipse indirectly using a homemade pinhole camera, like the one demonstrated in the video above. Those not in the eclipse's path can participate in the fun through one of the many websites that will be live-streaming the event. In summary, you can watch this remarkable event regardless of where you live!

Resources: earthsky.org, space.com, Forbes.com

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165 Comments
  • puppyoreo
    puppyoreoFriday, June 18, 2021 at 2:38 pm
    So cool! But I didn't see it!!! 😭
    • pafukicy-162328966440
      pafukicy-162328966440Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 8:34 pm
      I did not see it because i did not know what it was until today
      • corgi
        corgiTuesday, June 15, 2021 at 11:30 am
        I did not see it either 😭
        • sasukenaruto
          sasukenarutoMonday, June 14, 2021 at 8:52 am
          Ok did anybody get to see it
          • tracey108
            tracey108Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 6:31 am
            I saw it,it was AWESOME!!!! I made the thing to watch it with,and I didn't blind myself! Yahoo!!!
            • boltman1223
              boltman1223Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 9:21 am
              where were you when you saw it
          • beeberlin
            beeberlinSunday, June 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm
            I was it and I loved it even in the dark it was like " OMG SOOOO PRETTY AND COOL!🙏😯"
            • bro19
              bro19Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 1:14 am
              I couldn't see it here in India. In India it was only in ledakh and Arunachal pradesh
            • wolfieland
              wolfielandSunday, June 13, 2021 at 9:24 am
              I didn't get to see it :(
              • spacefan212713
                spacefan212713Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 12:43 am
                I forgot what day it was
                • boltman1223
                  boltman1223Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 9:22 am
                  I had no idea what it was until today
                • spacefan212713
                  spacefan212713Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 12:42 am
                  Bah i missed it
                  • beeberlin
                    beeberlinSunday, June 13, 2021 at 2:57 pm
                    So cool to see! I'm a Leo ♌
                  • undr
                    undrSaturday, June 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm
                    I hope there is another one.
                    • bamagirl13
                      bamagirl13Friday, June 11, 2021 at 6:52 am
                      I didn't because of all the rain