Annular solar eclipse: 'Ring of Fire’ spotted in Singapore
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A solar eclipse takes place when the moon crosses between the sun and Earth, which blocks out a portion of the sun’s rays, according to NASA. This eclipse is an annular one, meaning the moon is far enough away from the Earth that it appears smaller than the sun. When the moon crosses path with the sun, it will appear smaller than the fiery star, leaving room for a bright light to glow around the edges – dubbed a ‘ring of fire’.
The ‘ring of fire’ will be visible to some people in Greenland, northern Russia and Canada, according to NASA.
Other countries in the Northern Hemisphere, including the UK and Ireland, will be able to see a partial eclipse where the moon only covers a fraction of the sun.
A fingernail-shaped shadow will cover a different percentage of the sun, depending on where it is you live.
The path of annularity, which traces where the ring of fire is visible, will begin over the northern US, then cross over the Arctic before finishing up in northeastern Russia, reports the Farmers’ Almanac.
In the UK, the eclipse is expected to be seen from about 10am onwards.
A partial eclipse will begin at 10.08 BST, with a so-called maximum eclipse following by 11.13am BST.
The solar eclipse is expected to have passed by the time 12.22pm BST comes around.
For more specific times to your region, you can find out more here.
This year, in addition to the two solar eclipses, there will be too eclipses of the moon.
After the solar eclipse on June 10, the next opportunity to see the natural phenomenon won’t come until November 19.
This partial eclipse of the moon will be most visible to those living in North America and Hawaii, but onlookers will be able to stream the event all over the end.
The year will end with a total eclipse of the sun on December 4.
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Watch NASA’s ‘ring of fire’ eclipse here today
Onlookers will be able to catch the ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse directly on NASA’s YouTube channel.
The aeronautical organisation will be streaming the entire thing, kicking off at 10am.
To watch the solar eclipse, you can do so here.
The live stream will begin at 5am EDT (10am BST) but will appear dark until sunrise at 5.47am EDT (10.47am BST).
The Royal Museums Greenwich in south London is also hosting a live stream, for the Royal Observatory, which is the traditionally situated location of the prime meridian.
The live stream will begin at 10.05am BST on both Facebook and YouTube.
The Royal Observatory said in a statement: “Our expert astronomy team will help explain the science of solar eclipses and answer all your space questions.
“You will see exactly the same view as our astronomers, with a live telescope feed of the sun from our state-of-the-art Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope.”
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