Ring of fire: solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the world

Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia will experience the annular eclipse on June 10

An annular and partial solar eclipse will be visible in some parts of the world on Thursday.

Stargazers in Canada, Greenland and Northern Russia will see most of the Sun blocked by the Moon, creating a "ring of fire" around it, a phenomenon in astronomy described as an annular eclipse.

On the same evening, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the eastern United States, Northern Alaska, Canada, parts of the Caribbean, Europe and North Africa.

“A solar eclipse happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth, fully or partially blocking the Sun’s light in some areas,” US space agency Nasa said.

“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 disc on top of a larger, bright disc. This creates what looks like a ring of fire around the Moon.”

It is important to wear solar viewing or eclipse glasses when observing the event, because it is unsafe to look directly at the Sun.

Nasa lists the timings of the eclipse on its website. The agency will also livestream the event.

Last month, a total lunar eclipse was visible in parts of the US, Australia, South America and East Asia, with the Moon taking on a reddish glow.

On June 24, the last supermoon of the year will appear in skies and will be visible from the UAE.

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Updated: June 11, 2021 11:20 AM

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