- A “ring of fire” solar eclipse was visible in the United States on Thursday for the first time since 2017.
- During the event, about 70 percent of the sun was blocked in the eastern US states.
- It’s the first of two polar eclipses to occur this year.
An impressive partial “ring of fire” solar eclipse was visible in the United States on Thursday for the first time since 2017 and they say it can still be seen in some places. The event, which occurs when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun, blocking sunlight, lit up the sky shortly after 5 a.m. EDT, according to ABC News.
The eclipse could be seen in northeastern North America and in the northern regions of Europe and Asia. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the time of the eclipse varies according to the location, however, NASA indicated that it would broadcast the phenomenon live until after 9 a.m. ET.
Ring of fire eclipse not seen for 4 years in the US
NASA emphasized on Twitter that “it is never safe to look directly at the Sun” and recommended that people who want to enjoy the ring of fire eclipse wear eclipse glasses or an indirect visualization method to view the eclipse. During the event, up to 70 percent of the sun can be blocked in the eastern states of the United States.
The spectacle of an unusual annular solar eclipse at dawn is the first of two polar eclipses to occur this year that will create the so-called “ring of fire.” A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth, blocking sunlight and casting the lunar shadow on the Earth’s surface.
One of the most amazing eclipses
Since last year a series of natural phenomena have emerged that have impressed the inhabitants of planet earth, including some considered apocalyptic, however, this eclipse is one of the most amazing. In some cases, when the distance between the Earth and the Moon is adequate, the terrestrial satellite completely covers the circumference of our star, causing a total solar eclipse.
But in the case of this Thursday’s eclipse, the Moon is in a moment of its orbit that keeps it further away from the Earth than normal, which will make the satellite not completely cover the solar surface and produce the so-called spectacle of the “Ring of fire”, which will be visible at some points along the path of the phenomenon.
Spectacular “ring of fire”
Around the silhouette of the Moon, in places such as areas of the Canadian Arctic, you can see the outer edge of the Sun for what is called an annular solar eclipse, an unusual sight that was last visible from Canada in 1994.
Also, in the case of Thursday’s eclipse, the event will occur at sunrise, which is even more rare. In Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, in the Arctic, the eclipse will begin at 5.06 local time (9.06 GMT) and will reach its maximum splendor at 6.06 (10.06 GMT).
What will its trajectory be?
According to the estimates of the experts, the trajectory of the solar eclipse will begin in the southern area of the province of Ontario (Canada), subsequently it will be possible to continue towards the northeast towards Iqaluit, there it will reach the northwest of the island of Greenland
From there it will follow a truly exceptional and majestic route, since they estimate that it will go through the entire Arctic Ocean and thus continue to the extreme eastern shore of Siberia, but already as a sunset eclipse.
Canada will enjoy the phenomenon more
Iqaluit will also be the Canadian population where best to witness this eclipse since from that point, the Moon will cover 89% of the solar surface, according to data provided by the Canadian Space Agency, which will allow to observe the spectacular “ring of fire”.
In Toronto, the largest city in Canada and located 2,330 kilometers southwest of Iqaluit, the eclipse will begin just before sunrise, so the beginning of the phenomenon will not be visible, and will reach its maximum point five minutes after the departure of the Sun, at 5.40 local time (9.40 GMT).
The trajectory of the eclipse will begin in the southern part of the province of Ontario (Canada) and will continue northeast towards Iqaluit, will touch the extreme northwest of the island of Greenland, will cross the Arctic Ocean and will continue from there towards the extreme east of Siberia already turned into a sunset eclipse.
In parts of Europe, the eclipse will be seen partially around noon. In large Canadian cities such as Toronto or Ottawa, where the eclipse will also cover 80% of the Sun, the main problem in observing the eclipse will be the weather conditions and finding a place without obstacles that allows observing the horizon where the star will rise.
A spectacular eclipse
But in places like Iqaluit, where the buildings are low and there are no natural obstacles like mountains blocking the view of the horizon, the picture will be spectacular. As in all eclipses, experts warn that looking directly at the conjunction of celestial bodies during the alignment process is dangerous because the sun’s rays can damage vision.
They also warn that sunglasses are not safe because even the darkest ones let through thousands of times the light considered recommended. The best way to enjoy the eclipse, if you don’t have a certified solar filter or eclipse viewer, is to shine sunlight on a small hole and project it onto a white surface.
What is the safe way to see an eclipse?
Expert Dr. Drabek-Maunder said that a safe way to view an eclipse is to “make a projector by making a small hole in a piece of a white card,” adding that you have to hold the card in front of the sun so that it shines through. hole in another piece of paper placed behind the card.
“You will be able to see the shape of the sun projected onto the sheet of paper and see how its shape changes as the moon passes in front of the sun,” said the expert, according to The Daily Mail.
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