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The Death Star will rise over New York: the rarest solar eclipse is expected in the region

09.06.2021, 10: 45 EST

Olga Derkach

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People in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to spot a "ring of fire" in the sky when an annular solar eclipse occurs on June 10. According to the astronomer, it will look like the Death Star in front of the sun. Writes about it Space.

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Solar eclipses occur when the Moon gets directly between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow over our planet and blocking out at least some of the sunlight. This Thursday, June 10, an annular solar eclipse can be observed at sunrise, which occurs when the Moon is too far from the Earth in its elliptical orbit to completely block the Sun, as happens during a total solar eclipse. Instead, it leaves the sun's outer ring open, creating the appearance of a "ring of fire" in the sky.

"It won't look like a normal sun," said Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Although the full "ring of fire" will be visible from the northernmost latitudes (including the North Pole and parts of Greenland and Canada), most viewers will only see a partial version of the eclipse, which will be visible from North America, Europe and Asia.

A partial eclipse, in which the moon appears to bite the sun, may not be as spectacular as an annular eclipse. However, Faherty noted that even a partial eclipse can be incredible. It will look like the "Death Star is in front of the rising sun," she said, referring to the space weapons from Star Wars.

“It will be a black dot around which the rest of the sun will shine, which will end up looking like a ring of fire,” she said.

“It's cool,” said Faherty. "Because the shadow of the moon will pass over the Earth in the same way as over the North Pole." She added that a solar eclipse over the North Pole is actually quite rare.

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In the United States, a partial eclipse will be visible in the Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, and even northern Alaska, and observers can look for an event in the morning sky close to the horizon, just before or during sunrise.

Observers across much of Canada and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and North Africa will also see a partial solar eclipse.

“The sun will rise, although it will be partially eclipsed,” added Faherty. "In New York it will be about 72% or 73% of the eclipse."

You can visit NASA's Scientific Imaging Studio for more details on viewing an eclipse from your home. Anyone who wants to see an eclipse should definitely wear special safety glasses, viewing an eclipse without safety glasses can cause serious damage to your health.

More recently, the May Blood Moon was the only total lunar eclipse of the year. And Faherty explained the pattern that two eclipses occur so close to each other.

“Most people may not know that these eclipses are chasing each other,” she said. - Lunar and solar eclipses go one after another. And the reason for this is that the Moon revolves around the Earth, it is not perfectly round, but its orbit is circular. it's like a deviation from the plane of the Earth-Sun system by about five degrees, so we don't get total lunar and total solar eclipses every month. But when a total lunar eclipse is actually obtained, it means that the system has come into line. "

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