Annular Eclipse Brings 'Ring of Fire' to Northern Hemisphere on June 10


"But during an eclipse of one form or another, we're able - if we look safely - to watch the Moon glide in front of the Sun and remind ourselves of this clockwork Solar System we live in", she told BBC News.

Dig out those super-safe sun safety-glasses kept at the back of the cupboard since 1999, turn your eyes skywards and look out tomorrow (Thursday, June 10) for a partial solar eclipse. For an annular eclipse to occur, the moon needs to be farther away from the Earth in its orbit, creating an annulus, or ring of light.

The type of eye symptoms that can occur after viewing an eclipse without adequate eye protection includes loss of central vision, distorted vision or altered colour vision.

For the lucky in-person viewers, the Sun will appear a little dimmer than usual.

It's predicted to begin shortly after 10am and will last for more than two hours, with the peak at 11.12am.

Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said the "ring of fire" will be seen from Russia, Greenland and northern Canada.

Although we won't be able to see an annular eclipse, we will be able to see a partial eclipse, due to the United Kingdom not being exactly aligned with the Moon and the Sun.

Of course, to see the eclipse from the best locations and at the right time, the weather will have to cooperate-and it seems that will be tricky for some observers.

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The southern limit of the eclipse in Europe will run just south of Spain, north of the city of Rome, Italy, and through Belgrade, Serbia, where only one percent of the sun will appear covered by the moon's silhouette.

The next best place to view the moon is Lochinver with a 36.8% obscuration, Inverness at 35% and Edinburgh at 31%.

The further north you are, the more you'll see, with the north of Scotland witnessing over 30 per cent of the Sun eclipsed. At sunrise, the eclipse can be seen in Ontario, Canada, according to EarthSky. The solar eclipse will start at 1.42 pm Indian time and will end at 6.41 pm.

Remember: Don't look directly at the sun!

"Dedicated solar eclipse glasses and filters can be used, but even they should be worn with caution, as the sun is still capable of breaking through this technology".

The fact that eclipses look the way they do from Earth is essentially luck.

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