(NEXSTAR) – If you thought May’s “super blood moon flower” lunar eclipse was a sight to see, just wait for next week’s “ring of fire” solar eclipse.
On June 10, when a new moon comes, sky watchers around the world will be able to see the first solar eclipse of this year.
Unlike a total solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun causing the sun to block completely, next week’s eclipse will be annular, which only occurs when the moon is in its first phase.
The new moon will be farther from Earth in its elliptical orbit and appear smaller – too small to completely cover the sun. As a result, a luminous ring of the sun will surround the silhouette of the mid-eclipse moon. This shiny outer edge became known as the “Ring of Fire”.
“As the pair rises higher in the sky, the silhouette of the Moon will gradually shift from the sun down to the left, allowing more sun to show up until the end of the eclipse,” said NASA said.
How to watch
The new moon will eclipse the sun at 6:53 am ET. June 10.
Look east to see it, but remember that it is dangerous to look directly at the sun unless you are wearing special eclipse glasses to protect your eyes.
“From the Washington, DC area, the moon will block about 80% of the left side of the sun when they rise together in the east-northeast at 5:42 a.m., causing the sun to appear as a crescent,” said The NASA. .
Parts of Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean and Siberia will have a full view of the narrow path of the annular eclipse, according to NASA. It will be a partial eclipse for much of the rest of northeastern North America, Greenland, Northern Europe, and Northern Asia.
If you can’t watch in person, a live stream will be available on timeanddate.com.
This will be the first of two solar eclipses in 2021, with a total solar eclipse occurring on December 4.