Ring of Fire Eclipse

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The new moon will sweep in front of the sun to create this year’s first solar eclipse on Thursday, June 10. Tomorrow, the Moon in its elliptical orbit of Earth will lie too far from us to cover over the sun completely, but a bright annulus (ring) will surround the New Moon silhouette at mid-eclipse.

This outer rim of the sun has led people to call; this kind of eclipse a “ring of fire.” It’s a cool name but it is really a partial eclipse.

This will be visible for much of North America at sunrise. It will be visible longer in the U.S. in northerly and easterly latitudes.  The New York City eclipse magnitude will be at 0.80 (80%) and will last one a bit longer than an hour after sunup.

NOTE: As with any partial eclipse, you need eye protection to watch an annular eclipse. Watching with the unaided eye will cause eye damage. You can make a simple pinhole camera that will let you view indirectly but many people watch coverage online or on TV programs. Use the search box at timeanddate.com’s eclipse map to see if it will be visible in your area.

In Paradelle, there will be 72.70% of the Sun covered and it will last 1 hour, 52 minutes, 19 seconds. But it will begin when the Sun is below the horizon, so I’ll have to wait for sunrise at 5:25 am, The maximum is at 5:32 am and it will end at 6:30 am (EDT).

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Ken Ronkowitz

A lifelong educator on and off the Internet. Random by design and predictably irrational. It's turtles all the way down. Dolce far niente.

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