It’s time to get your sunglasses out of the back of the closet, because on the morning of June 10, which is this Thursday, the Sun, Moon, and Earth will bring us a highlight of the summer stargazing season when a Solar eclipse hits the Northern Hemisphere.
If you’re in the Lower 48, you’ll want to be in the Northeast, or parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, to catch a glimpse of a surreal sunrise where the sun has ‘solar horns’. Maine will see 78% coverage of the sun; in Washington, DC it will be 55% covered, creating a fascinating crescent shape.
If you are in Ontario, Nunavut, or Quebec in Canada, if the sky is clear, you will see a stunning ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse shortly after sunrise, but only if you are north of Lake Superior (sorry, Torontoians.)
If you are further west in Canada or the US? You can also lie down, as the eclipse will begin and end its show before sunrise.
The meteorological network has great maps containing more information on what you will see and when at your location in North America.
If you are in Europe, here you go what you can expect to see.
So how do solar eclipses work? According to NASA, “A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth, totally or partially blocking the Sun’s light in some areas.
“During an annular eclipse, the Moon is far enough away from Earth that the Moon appears smaller than the Sun in the sky. Since the Moon does not block the entire view of the Sun, it will look like a dark disk on top of a larger bright disk. This creates what looks like a ring of fire around the Moon. “
PS: It is not just in the direction of the sun that you will want to look during the spectacular sunrise on Thursday. Look at the forest floor according to The Washington Post, and he could see crescent-shaped patches of light hidden in the shadows of the trees as the image of the sun was projected onto the ground.
(LOOK NASA’s visualization of Thursday’s eclipse in the video below.)
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