Solar Eclipse Across America :
Thursday, June 10, 2021: Make a note of this date!
The coast-to-coast total solar eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017, was the last one to be seen from the continental United States. It is estimated that approximately 20 million people across all of North America and northern South America saw the Moon completely cover the Sun during a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina, while hundreds of millions more across all of North America and South America saw a partial solar eclipse.
As far as the eye can see
A widespread occurrence of this will happen on June 10, 2021, beginning in the early morning hours throughout much of the U.S. Northeast. We’d like to thank Evan Zucker for his courtesy.
It’s been over five years since the last solar eclipse in North America, and another one is on the way. June 10, 2021 will see the Moon making a significantly closer approach to Earth and the Sun than on June 9, 2006, and this time it will not quite cover the entire solar disc. This will create a thin “ring of fire” effect around the Sun. This annular (Latin for ring-shaped) eclipse will be visible only in remote, sparsely populated, and often hard-to-reach areas of northeastern Canada, Greenland, and Siberia.
With the ongoing restrictions to travel in response to the recent pandemic, as well as the less-than-ideal weather conditions, the area’s remoteness makes it difficult for many people to see this annular eclipse. With only 20 confirmed observations to date, there is still no confirmation on whether or not the phenomenon referred to as the “ring of fire” can be witnessed from the air.
But for millions of people in the territories and provinces north of the line drawn from the central-northernmost portion of Alaska to the central-easternmost portion of Alberta to the central-northernmost portion of North Dakota to the border between Georgia and South Carolina, they will have a wonderful opportunity to view a stunning partial solar eclipse at sunrise on the morning of the eclipse.
Protective Eyewear is recommended
Those experts who study astronomy believe that anybody who looks directly at the sun during the eclipse will have to wear special eye protection, just like we were told to do during the Great American Solar Eclipse in 2017.
To ensure that you do not permanently damage your eyes, AccuWeather warns that you should avoid looking directly at the sun without using a solar filter.
Based on his photographs of the night sky, Cape May County astronomer Chris Bakley thinks sky watchers should exercise caution.
You must be aware that you may get lost in the amazing sight. Although we generally look on in awe for sunrises without the sun being eclipsed, he cautioned, “Be careful not to look at the sun for too long.” Instead of using commercial eclipse viewers or your cell phone, I recommend using a DIY eclipse viewer along with your cell phone for safe viewing. “You will also be able to use these eclipse glasses because you still have any of them from 2017.”
If the weather cooperates, on June 10th the annular and partial phases will be visible at the top of this page. In the locations where the annular and partial phases are seen, more information about the event can be found below. Due to the constant show of the Sun’s bright face, it is absolutely essential to look through a safe solar filter while the eclipse is occurring.
This means using an ISO 12312-2 standard filter, or any other high-quality filter that measures the transmission of light at the ISO 12312-2 standard. Such filters are commonly available and will typically cost only a few dollars. Use of dark sunglasses or any other unapproved filter (including photography filters) while looking at the Sun, whether or not it is completely or partially eclipsed, will lead to permanent and potentially irreversible eye damage.
Note that the June 10, 2021, eclipse is just a warm-up for two more solar eclipses that will arrive in North America: The next annular eclipse will take place on October 14, 2023, and a total eclipse will happen on April 8, 2024. These will be extremely more visible, and, in the latter case, they will include an additional opportunity to see one of nature’s most glorious sights: the jet-black silhouette of the Moon in the twilight sky, surrounded by the ethereal solar corona in a dusk or dawn sky with dawn/dusk hues all around the horizon.
However, observers in most of Europe and Asia as well as a large swath of the eastern U.S. and Canada will be able to see only the partial phases of the eclipse. To a huge segment of the population, the Sun will rise (or rise up) during a deep partial eclipse. There’s no argument here. You’ll need an unobstructed view of the north to see it to the best. Instead of a ballroom or at the seaside, try to view the eclipse from a body of water where the brilliant crescent and its glimmering path will be stunning.