- No part of the United States will see the full annular eclipse.
- The best-located large metropolitan areas for viewing the partial eclipse at sunrise are Toronto, Philadelphia, and New York.
- An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the center of the sun, leaving the visible outer edge of the sun to form a “ring of fire”.
Sky watchers were treated Thursday morning with an annular “circle of fire” solar eclipse over parts of Canada, while a partial solar eclipse was visible as the sun rose over much of the northeastern region. United States.
The path of the annular eclipse began at sunrise in Ontario, Canada (on the north shore of Lake Superior) and then traveled north of the globe, EarthSky’s Bruce McClure said. “Halfway there, the largest eclipse occurs at local noon in northern Greenland, then passes through Earth’s North Pole, and finally ends at sunset over northeast Siberia.” , did he declare.
The complete annular eclipse lasted about an hour and 40 minutes. No part of the United States saw the full annular eclipse.
While the United States missed the “ring of fire” portion of the eclipse, millions of people living along the East Coast and in the Upper Midwest were fortunate enough to see a partial solar eclipse right after. the sunrise.
Where to watch the partial eclipse?
The best-located large metropolitan areas to view the partial eclipse at sunrise were Toronto, Philadelphia, and New York City, according to the Great American Eclipse website.
“Along the Atlantic coast, the best view of a deep partial solar eclipse will be from the beaches of New Jersey. Tall buildings in New York City with a stunning view in the direction of the rising sun will also have a magnificent view,” he said. he added. The big US Eclipse website said.
In Quebec, residents of Montreal and Quebec also had an ideal view of the partial eclipse.
Observers of this partial eclipse saw a crescent sun as the moon passes between the sun and Earth, the Royal Astronomical Society said. Residents of northern Europe, Iceland, Greenland and northern Russia will also see the moon take a bite out of the sun on Thursday.
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So, what is a solar eclipse?
Sometimes when the moon orbits the Earth, it moves between the Sun and the Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks sunlight from reaching Earth, NASA said. This causes a solar eclipse, or solar eclipse.
During a solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow on the Earth.
What is an annular solar eclipse?
In addition to the more familiar total and partial solar eclipses, annular eclipses sometimes occur, such as Thursday’s. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the center of the sun, leaving the visible outer edge of the sun to form a “ring of fire” or “ring” around the moon. (The word “annular” comes from the Latin word for ring.)
Because the moon is farther from Earth, it looks smaller, so it doesn’t block the entire view of the sun. During an annular eclipse, the moon in front of the sun looks like a dark disc above a larger solar-colored disc. This creates what looks like a “ring of fire” around the moon.
According to Space.com, a suitable analogy is to place a dime on a dime; the penny represents the moon and the nickel is the sun.
Is eye protection necessary during the eclipse?
Absolutely yes! “It is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays – even if the sun is partially obscured,” NASA warned. “When viewing a partial eclipse, you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun or use some other indirect method.”
Solar Eclipse Glasses should be worn at all times during an annular or partial solar eclipse to avoid the risk of blindness, so it can be a dangerous event if you are not properly prepared. NASA cautions to never look directly at the sun: this can permanently damage your eyes.
“It is only during the total phase of a total eclipse that it is completely safe to see the sun with the naked eye,” said Fred Espenak, a retired NASA astrophysicist.
If you still have eclipse glasses from the great “Great American Eclipse” of 2017, they should be fine for viewing Thursday’s eclipse, as long as they have been properly stored.
Where to find solar eclipse glasses?
There are several reputable sites for buying good solar eclipse goggles, which should have a label that says “ISO 12312-2,” as that is the approved safety standard for eclipse goggles, AccuWeather said. American Paper Optics is a good source, as is this list of reputable suppliers from the American Astronomical Society.
When will the next total solar eclipse take place in the United States?
The next total solar eclipse in the United States will occur on April 8, 2024 and will be visible along a path from Texas to Maine, weather permitting. Major cities on the way to this eclipse will include Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York.
“The 2024 total solar eclipse will be a spectacular eclipse to see,” expert photographer and eclipse educator Gordon Telepun told AccuWeather. “The path encompasses many large cities and therefore a large number of people. “