WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9TH, 2021
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The "ring of fire" solar eclipse is coming up Thursday (June 10) and here's when you can watch it.
The eclipse will be visible will be partially visible from the United States, northern Canada, Europe, northern Asia, Russia and Greenland. You can also watch it live online with several live webcasts, and if you live in any of the areas where it's visible and it's safe to travel, you can look at it outside — just make sure to wear proper eye protection.
Solar eclipses happen when the moon passes in front of the sun, from the viewpoint of our planet. Total solar eclipses — which are relatively rare — happen when the moon covers the entire sun; the moon's orbit is tilted with respect to the sun and doesn't always perfectly align. A "ring of fire" or annular eclipse happens when the moon is near its farthest point from Earth during an eclipse, so the moon appears smaller than the sun in the sky and doesn't block the whole solar disk.
What time is the solar eclipse?
The first locations where you can see the partial phase of eclipse — where the moon takes a "bite" out of the sun — will happen at 4:12 a.m. EDT (2:12 am El Paso, TX); local time will vary depending on where you are situated. You can see a partial eclipse if you are living north and east of a line running roughly from Edmonton, Alberta, to Des Moines, Iowa, down through Savannah, Georgia.
The annular eclipse will start being visible in those northerly regions fortunate enough to see it at 5:49 a.m. EDT (3:49 am El Paso, TX). The maximum eclipse will happen at 6:41 a.m. EDT (4:41 am El Paso, TX) in the north polar region, where the annular phase will last roughly 3 minutes and 51 seconds.