A special “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse will happen tomorrow, according to a new report from Space, and this is how you can watch it.
American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist Jackie Faherty says the eclipse will look like a “Death Star” in front of the sun. This eclipse will coincide for many with the sunrise on June 10.
The northern and eastern sections of North America will experience the eclipse tomorrow. Anyone north of a line that runs from Churchill, Manitoba, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be able to see the entire eclipse, which is being called the “Ring of Fire” owing to its spectacular lighting.
If the east-northeast sky above you is clear, you’ll see a partial eclipse which can be recognized by its “slightly dented, deeply crescent shaped, or even ring shaped” appearance, according to Space.
The annular eclipse effect, which is different from a partial eclipse, will be viewable for those living within the northern hemisphere (mostly sections of Canada) and when the eclipse occurs, the moon will be “just 57 hours past apogee, its farthest point from Earth during its orbit,” according to the Space report.
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As a result, the moon will appear smaller than usual and when the eclipse happens, “the sun will become a brilliant ring (or annulus) of light encircling the moon’s dark silhouette for several minutes.”
All of this is to say that Americans in the right area will see a partial eclipse, which is the more crescent-shaped eclipse, while Canada will instead get the full annular eclipse, which is when the Ring of Fire or Death Star effect will appear. As Space points out, those in the northern United States would traditionally be able to cross the border and view this eclipse from Canada.
For anyone living south and west of a line that runs from Edmonton, Alberta, to Des Moines, Iowa, through Savannah, Georgia, the eclipse will already be over before the sun even rises, which means those in the southern and western United States won’t get to see the fiery show.
If you live in the area where the solar eclipse will be viewable, Space has a great list of the max eclipse times for different areas in the applicable regions. We suggest checking that out for more information.
Basically, if you’re in a North American area where the eclipse will be viewable, be up and outside before the sun rises. If you’re in an area where the eclipse will be viewable in Europe or Africa, you can expect to see the eclipse in the later hours of the morning, ranging from 9 a.m. in Casablanca, Morocco, to 10:22 a.m. in Moscow, Russia.
While waiting for the June 10 eclipse, read about how the Moon is rusting and why Earth might be the culprit. Check out this story about how NASA has disovered water on the sunlit surface of the moon after that and then read about this galaxy shaped like Darth Vader’s TIE fighter discovered by NASA.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.