Mark your calendars, and remember to look outside on June 10th. Depending on where in the world you are, an incredible solar eclipse might be visible! Those in the Northern Hemisphere will have the chance to view one of two absolutely incredible sights. Here are all of the fascinating details.
Based on your location, either a magnificent ring of fire will fill the sky to create an annular eclipse, where the moon almost completely blocks the sun and leaves only a perimeter of yellow to be seen. Or, one may see a partial solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon covers just a section of our solar system's heart.
If you happen to live in the northeastern area of the U.S., the sun very well could appear partially eclipsed as it peeks out above the horizon. This crescent sunrise might even confuse some people into thinking it's a crescent moon! On the other hand, our Canadian friends might have the chance to witness a full annular eclipse. But if you plan to take a peek at the beautiful phenomenon, don't forget your glasses!
Back around the time of 2017's solar phenomenon, dubbed The Great American Eclipse, these paper glasses were all the rave. Why? Because they are a specially-crafted pair of solar filters that protect people's eyes from the hot star's strong rays. In most cases, this natural event is so powerful that it can cause damage to the eyes if one is to stare into the sun without protection. And unfortunately, ordinary sunglasses don't have the same effectiveness.
Luckily, we've got the two tips you need for the perfect viewing party. Astrophysicist Dr. Graham Jones recommended, "For a sunrise eclipse, you need a position with a clear view to the horizon, like a hilltop or tall building." But most important of all? "Be serious about eye safety," reminded Jones. So wherever you are in the world, make sure to grab a good seat, protect your eyes, and enjoy!