Skygazers in just a few places — in parts of Canada, Greenland and northern Russia — will be able to spot this fiery ring, also known as an annular eclipse, according to NASA.
However, a partial solar eclipse — when the moon takes a circular “bite” out of the sun — will be visible in more areas of the Northern Hemisphere, including parts of the eastern United States and northern Alaska, much of Canada, and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and northern Africa, NASA reported.
Solar eclipses happen when the moon scoots between Earth and the sun, blocking some or nearly all of the sun’s light. During an annular eclipse, the moon is far enough away from Earth that it’s too small to block out the entire sun. Instead, as the moon glides across the sun, the outer edges of the sun are still visible from Earth as an annulus, or ring.
The entire annular solar eclipse will last about 100 minutes, starting at sunrise in Ontario, Canada, and traveling northward until the moment of greatest eclipse, around 8:41 a.m. local time in Greenland (6:41 a.m. EDT; 11:41 GMT) 10:41 UTC in northern Greenland and ending at sunset in northeastern Siberia, according to EarthSky. The “ring of fire” phase, when the moon covers 89% of the sun, will last up to 3 minutes and 51 seconds at every point along this path.
Come regions that don’t fall along the solar eclipse’s path will see a partial eclipse, weather permitting. In these areas, part of the moon’s outer, lighter shadow, known as the penumbra, blocks the sun. As the moon passes in front of the sun, it will look like this shadow took a sumptuous bite out of the bright star. For viewers in the United States, it’s best to watch before, during and shortly after sunrise, depending on your location, especially if you’re in parts of the Southeast, Northeast or Midwest, or in northern Alaska, NASA reported. In other words, make sure you have a clear view of the horizon as the sun tries to greet the new day but is partially blocked by the moon.
In New York, for instance, the maximum eclipse will happen at 5:32 a.m. EDT, according to Space.com, a Live Science sister site.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, skywatchers will see up to 38% of the sun blocked out during the partial eclipse shortly after 11 a.m. local time, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.
The below NASA video shows the solar eclipse’s path across Earth:
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