June 19, 2021

Don’t miss the breathtaking “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse

NASA’s Hinod satellite captured this breathtaking image of the annual solar eclipse on January 4, 2011. debt:
NASA / HINOD / XRT

On Thursday, June 10, 2021, people in the Northern Hemisphere will have the opportunity to experience an annual or partial eclipse of the sun.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and the earth, casting a shadow on the earth and blocking some or all of the sun’s light in some areas. During an annual eclipse, the Moon is farther away from the Earth, and the Moon appears smaller than the Sun in the sky. Since the moon does not block the full view of the sun, it looks like a dark disk on top of a large, bright disk. It looks like a sack that encloses with a drawstring. People in Canada, Greenland and some parts of northern Russia will experience the annual eclipse.

Annual solar eclipse

An annual solar eclipse on May 20, 2012. Credit: Dale Crookshank

In some places, visitors may not see this ring around the moon. Instead they will experience a partial solar eclipse. This occurs when the sun, moon and earth are not aligned properly. The sun will have a dark shadow only on one part of its surface. Visitors in parts of eastern America and northern Alaska will see a partial solar eclipse on June 10, along with much of Canada and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Traffic eclipse

Partial eclipses are visible in the United States, southeast, northeast, the Midwest, and north Alaska. In many of these places, eclipses occur just before sunrise, in time, and shortly after. This means viewers must have a clear view of the horizon at sunrise to view the eclipse.


Visualization of the Moon’s shadow on June 10, 2021 at the annual solar eclipse showing the Antumbra (black oval), the Penumbra (oval with concentrated shadow) and the path of the year (red). Images of the sun show its appearance in several places, each facing the local horizon. debt: NASAScientific Visualization Studio / Ernie Wright

To find out what times the eclipse is visible in certain areas, you can click anywhere on the map Here. (Note that the maximum opacity and maximum eclipse time mentioned in this map may occur before sunrise in many places.)

June 2021 Solar Eclipse Map

This map of the eclipse path shows the annual and partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021. Click to enlarge.
Credit: NASA Science Visual Studio / Ernie Wright

Download this fact sheet to learn more about eclipses, how to view them safely, and fun eclipse activities:
Solar Eclipse True Paper

How to safely view an annual or partial eclipse

It is never safe to see the sun’s rays directly, even if the sun is partially or often obscured. When viewing a partial solar eclipse or annual solar eclipse, you should wear sunscreen or eclipse glasses throughout the entire eclipse if you want to face the sun. Sunscreen or eclipse glasses are not regular sunglasses; Regular sunglasses are not safe to look at in the sun.

This deadline shows an annual eclipse seen on January 4, 2011 by Jaxa’s Hinot satellite. The annual eclipse occurs when the Moon moves directly between the Earth and the Sun at a distance slightly above average, thus making the eyes appear slightly smaller to the observer; The result is a bright ring or year of sunlight around the shadow of the moon. Credit: NASA

If you do not have sunscreen or eclipse glasses, you can use an alternative indirect method such as a pinhole projector. Pinhole projectors should not be used to see the sun directly, but rather to project sunlight onto a surface. How to read the guide for creating a pinhole viewer.


Stay safe and enjoy the sun’s stellar performances by creating your own pinhole audience with some simple items. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Aviation Center