Solar eclipse will create a rare crescent sunrise for millions of viewers

Ruben Hill
June 10, 2021

It is an annular eclipse where the sun is obscured by a shadow of the moon.

But if the moon is aligned with the sun when it is near to its furthest point (apogee) from the Earth, it won't block out all light.

In this annular solar eclipse, the moon, in its first lunar phase, will not cover the entirety of the sun, leaving a sliver of sunlight visible, Space.com reported.

Secretary Jane Macaulay from Wild Skies Shetland which organises sky-related events told the BBC: "The further north you are, the more of the sun will be obscured by the moon".

As ever, the advice is not to try to look at the Sun with the naked eye. Solar filters from the likes of Thousands Oaks and Baader are available for telescopes and binoculars for directly viewing the eclipse.

People in parts of Canada, Greenland and northern Russian Federation will be able to see the full eclipse.

However, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will see a crescent Sun instead of a ring, as this will be a partial eclipse. The only glasses that can protect your vision from the Sun appear entirely opaque when used to view anything else.

We'll will instead be covered by the Moon's "outer shadow" or penumbra.

Two pieces of paper or cardboard and a pin are all you need to set up your own "projector" that will allow you to safely, indirectly view the partial eclipse.

You should never look at the sun before, during or after an eclipse without protective eyewear.

Particles in Earth's atmosphere can also affect the sun's colors. Meanwhile, Earth's distance from the Sun varies by about 3.3 percent depending on where we are in our orbit.

Mr Edmonds advises people seek treatment from an eye care professional if anyone notices any changes in vision after viewing the eclipse.

Where in Scotland is the best place to see the "ghostly galleon"? "This produces spectacular sunrise colors but also means there's more chance of clouds blocking the view".

This year, there will be another solar eclipse in addition to the "ring of fire": a total solar eclipse on December 4.

The place which enjoys the greatest duration eclipse - at nearly four minutes in length - is in the middle of the Nares Strait, the narrow channel that divides the Canadian archipelago from Greenland.

If you are clouded out or can't make it into the eclipse pathway, the Virtual Telescope Project and timeanddate.com will offer livestreams of the encounter beginning at 4:00 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. ET, respectively, on June 10.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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