Thursday 10 June will be the second eclipse of the year and the first solar eclipse of 2021.
It will be a “ring of fire“(or annular eclipse), in which a part of the Sun is visible, in the form of a luminous ring around the dark disk of the Moon.
This happens because the Moon is not far enough from the Earth to cover the Sun in its entirety, as it does during total eclipses.
When can it be observed?
The eclipse starts at 8:12 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on June 10, 10:12 Central European time (also in Italy). Since it occurs far north, the path of the phenomenon rotates together with the Earth.
The eclissimi will end three hours later, at 13:33 Italian time.
Some parts of Siberia will see it for a few more hours.
Which regions will be able to see “the ring of fire”?
The lucky ones? Only a small part of Canada and Greenland will see the annular total eclipse. The rest of the world will only partially see it. It will be visible in Western Europe and Northern Eastern Europe, Russia, Siberia and Central Asia.
NASA animation shows its path.
In southern Western Europe, for example, the eclipse will be barely visible. And it will be night in most of the American continent.
Advice on how to see the eclipse
The most important thing when observing a solar eclipse is to take precautions so as not to damage your eyesight. Glasses, lenses or filters, always necessary.
Another option is to use a pinhole camera (a cardboard box) and project the image, without ever looking directly.
The use of cameras and other devices not specifically adapted for observing eclipses can damage the equipment.
Where to see the eclissimi (streaming)
In any case, there is always live streaming, which also has the advantage of not presenting any health risks …
Once again, Euronews will offer you the signal, if conditions permit.
Specialized sites such as TimeandDate.com or Earthsky.org also prepare their live broadcasts, although everything will depend on the weather conditions in the places where cameras and telescopes are located.
The other two eclipses, in November and December
The next eclipse, of the four that 2021 brings with it, will be a partial lunar eclipse or “Blood Moon “and will be seen on November 18-19.
Finally, it will be followed by a total solar eclipse on December 4, which will, however, be visible only around the South Pole.