The leading solar eclipse of the year 2021 happened to occur this Thursday, June 10. Citizens of a few nations in the Northern Hemisphere were quite lucky to observe the magical ‘ring of fire’, while other countries simply don't have that fortune of experiencing a partial eclipse.
But what exactly are these eclipses, and where have been they visible? let's talk about that.
What is Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse happens when the circle of the Moon crosses between the Sun & the Earth, and the darkness formed by the Moon provisionally blocks the Sun’s lights from striking the Earth.
There are generally three major types of solar eclipses:
1. One is the partial solar eclipse, where the Moon covers just a portion of the Sun.
2. The second one is the Total solar eclipse, in that case, the Sun is completely covered by the moon.
3. And finally the Annual solar eclipse.
What is an Annular Solar Eclipse or a ‘RING OF FIRE' eclipse?
An annular solar eclipse is a kind of eclipse that happens when the visible diameter of the Moon is more petite than that of the Sun. Remaining tinier in size, the Moon abandons to block the Sun’s light completely, and preferably, simply covers the Sun’s middle portion. This makes the Sun’s exterior sides apparent, efficiently creating a ‘ring of fire’ impression into the sky.
The word ‘annular’ is derived from the Latin word for a ring—‘annulus’.
Where the Eclipse was Visible?
The people living across Earth's northern hemisphere observed an annular solar eclipse comprising portions of Canada & Siberia privy to an amazing view of the astronomical event. The moon spread 20% of the sun as the eclipse approached its entirety, sky-gazers witnessed the moment through cloud protector in London. Watchmen on the east coast of the United States were used to an unusually eclipsed morning.
How to Watch an Eclipse?
Those fortunate enough to be capable to observe the eclipse must assure that they don't do so with their naked eye beneath any conditions. Using a precise, approved Solar Filter to observe the eclipse is certainly important. If a filter isn’t feasible, the most beneficial as well as the most affordable way to watch the eclipse is to watch it with a plane mirror to throw the Sun on a screen or a wall.
Using Color Glass, Welder Glass, X-ray film, blackened glass, etc. should be evaded, as these things completely defeat the Sun’s power, but don't prevent the dangerous infrared radiations.
When will the Next Solar Eclipse Occur?
The subsequent solar eclipse of 2021 will happen on December 4. Therefore, even this astronomical event will not be noticeable in India.