If you miss June 2021’s ‘Ring of Fire,’ Here’s When You Can See the Next Annular, Total Solar Eclipses
On Thursday morning, skywatchers around the world will be treated to a solar eclipse that will create a “ring of fire” spectacle.
The “ring of fire” will be visible in full force in northern Canada, Greenland, and northeastern Russia, as the moon crosses in front of the sun and partially conceals it.
A fragmentary form will still be visible in many parts of North America, Europe, western and northern Asia, and the North Atlantic Ocean.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun and only a sliver of the sun is visible, forming a ring shape. A total eclipse, on the other hand, occurs when the moon completely covers the sun.
Because the Earth’s orbit around the sun is elliptical, as is the moon’s orbit around the Earth, the distance between the sun, moon, and Earth affects whether a complete or annular eclipse occurs.
The sun will be close to the Earth on Thursday, while the moon will be far away. As a result, the moon will not appear large enough in the sky to completely obscure the sun.
The solar eclipse will start at 8:12 a.m. UTC (4:12 a.m. EST), with visibility varying depending on where you are. In New York, for example, the eclipse will begin at 5:24 a.m., peaking at 5:32 a.m., and then ending at 6:30 a.m.
Those who want to see the eclipse can do so via a number of Internet live feeds.
When will the next solar eclipse take place?
There will, of course, be additional opportunities to see the solar eclipse, including in North America, for people who may have slept through it on Thursday morning.
In the twenty-first century, there will be 224 solar eclipses viewable from Earth.
On October 14, 2023, another annular solar eclipse will be visible to varying degrees in eight U.S. states: Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.
Around six months later on April 8, 2024, a total eclipse will be seen in 13 U.S. states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
The last time the U.S. saw a total solar eclipse was in 2017. That event marked the first time a. This is a brief summary.