The Upcoming “Ring of fire” Eclipse


Levi Morgan, Contributor

2021 is basically halfway over, which is crazy, but next week on June 10th, we will have an Eclipse yet again. In case you don’t know what an eclipse is, states that “A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s light. During an annular solar eclipse, the moon does not completely cover the sun as it passes, leaving a glowing ring of sunlight visible.” Even though this eclipse will look like a ring of fire, it will be completely harmless. For this type of eclipse to happen, there are a lot of variables that end up making this a fairly rare eclipse. Nasa (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) confirms this by stating, “The moon must be in its first lunar phase, and it must also be farther away from Earth in its elliptical orbit, appearing smaller in the sky than it usually would. Because the moon appears smaller under these circumstances, it cannot fully block out the sun, forming what’s called a “ring of fire” or “ring of light”. As the pair rises higher in the sky, the silhouette of the Moon will gradually shift off the sun to the lower left, allowing more of the Sun to show until the eclipse ends.”

How and When to Watch it

As previously mentioned, this eclipse will be on June 10th, but as always, make sure to have a pair of Solar Eclypse glasses. If you don’t wear them, it will cause you to get “eclipse blindness” (i.e retinal burns). If you look at it for too long without Solar Eclypse glasses, you will be blinded, so be safe and wear the glasses. This eclipse will be kind of early for the people on the eastern side of the world. This event will be starting at 5:42 ET, and the eclipse will be towards the east. This event will be wrapping up around 5:49 for us but will travel up to Greenland and a few other places.

If you miss out on getting to watch it next Thursday, there will be many videos of it on YouTube. Plus, even if you miss this one, there will be another eclipse on December 4th, which is pretty exciting. I hope this article helped you get prepared for this event and make sure to wear those glasses!

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