When the Moon is at its farthest distance from Earth, the ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse appears. This indicates that it is too far from the Sun to totally obscure it, causing a ring of brightness. People from northern regions of the planet including Russia and Canada will be able to see it.
This unusual form of the solar eclipse will create a tremendous shadow across Russia and Canada on Thursday, June 10, forming a ‘ring of fire’ around a blacked-out Sun. Qaanaaq, a small town in Northwest Greenland within the Kingdom of Denmark, is the greatest site to see the ‘ring of fire.’ The eclipse will start at 10:10 BST (05:10 ET).
However, stargazers in the United Kingdom and the United States will not be left out totally, with approximately 30% of the Sun blacked out in Scotland, 20% in southern England and up to 70% in Eastern U.S. states.
Spectators in the United Kingdom and Ireland will witness a crescent Sun instead of a ring. “From the UK, the annular solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse, meaning that we’ll only see the Moon pass in front of a small part of the Sun,” said Dr. Emily Drabek-Maunder, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Observers in the United States will be able to experience a partial eclipse at sunrise, which is an uncommon occurrence. In Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, the Moon will cover 70% of the sun on June 10.
The crescent sun, commonly referred as the ‘red devil horns’, will be visible along a small stretch of the US coastline, in New Jersey and New York.
The total eclipse begins at 9:49 UT over northern Canada and finishes at 11:33 UT over Russia. Avoid gazing straight at the sun without suitable protective eyewear, such as filter sunglasses, if you are observing the eclipse.
On December 4, 2021, a full solar eclipse will occur throughout Antarctica. In the meantime, parts of Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia will experience an incomplete solar eclipse. In certain areas, observers wearing solar-filtered glasses will witness a piece taken out of the sun when the moon partially covers the solar disc.
The following incomplete solar eclipse, observable from the UK, will occur on March 29, 2025, when the Moon would seem to obscure 60% of the sun.