Explained: What is special about the solar eclipse falling on June 10

The solar eclipse is a common phenomenon that takes place across the world. But this time the solar eclipse is special.


People were amazed after witnessing the Supermoon and the Total Lunar Eclipse on May 27, and now a few weeks later, another celestial phenomenon is right around the corner. 

The Annular Solar Eclipse would take place on June 10, as the Moon would come in between the Earth and the Sun. 

The solar eclipse is a common phenomenon that takes place across the world. But this time the solar eclipse is special as it would be an annular solar eclipse, a ring of fire would be formed around the Moon when it would come in the centre of the Sun and the Earth.

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What is Annular Solar Eclipse?

An Annular Solar Eclipse happens when the Moon is farthest to the Earth, and because of the distance Moon seems smaller. Hence, the moon only covers the centre of the Sun forming a dark disk. The dark disk is covered with a sun-colored ring therefore, it appears as a ring of fire around the Moon.

During the Solar Eclipse, the Moon casts two types of shadows – Umbra and Penumbra. Umbra gets smaller as it reaches the Earth. It is the dark centre of the Moon’s shadow and people standing underneath it will see a total solar eclipse. On the other hand, the penumbra gets larger as it reaches the Earth, and the people standing underneath it will see the partial solar eclipse.

It is advised, not to see this fire of ring naked eyes as it could damage the eyes. Proper safety equipment, goggles should be used to see the eclipse.


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Where the ring of fire would be visible?

The ring of fire would be visible from the parts of Greenland, North- Eastern Canada, the North Pole and some parts of Russia. It is expected that the eclipse would begin in Canada and there the ring of fire would be visible for three minutes. In Greenland, the solar eclipse would be visible when it would reach its peak and after that Siberia and the North Pole would witness the eclipse. 

It would not be visible in India, and Europe, North America, Asia, Arctic, and Atlantic regions would witness the partial solar eclipse.

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