A rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse will cast a dramatic shadow over Russia and Canada

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A rare ‘ring of fire’ eclipse will cast a shadow over Russia and Canada next week as the moon passes between Earth and the sun, leaving behind a fringe of light.

While the UK won’t see the ‘ring of fire’, we may see a partial eclipse with the moon covering 32 percent of the sun.

A ring of fire eclipse occurs when the moon is too far away to completely obscure all light from the sun, so a shift is still visible around the edges.

The phenomenon will take place on June 10, with the best views available from Canada, Greenland and Russia visible for up to three minutes and 51 seconds.

British observers will see the partial eclipse, with the moon appearing to take a bite out of the sun, starting at 10:10 BST on June 10 and going away at 13:21 BST.

Scotland will see the most, with 32 percent coverage, while London and the south of England will only see about 20 percent of the sun covered by the moon.

A rare 'ring of fire' eclipse will cast a shadow over Russia and Canada next week as the moon passes between Earth and the sun, leaving behind a fringe of light

A rare ‘ring of fire’ eclipse will cast a shadow over Russia and Canada next week as the moon passes between Earth and the sun, leaving behind a fringe of light

While the UK won't see the 'ring of fire', we may see a partial eclipse with the moon covering 32 percent of the sun

While the UK won’t see the ‘ring of fire’, we may see a partial eclipse with the moon covering 32 percent of the sun

WHEN IS THE NEXT TOTAL Eclipse?

The next solar eclipse in the US will occur on April 8, 2024, from Texas to Maine.

The next total solar eclipse after that is on August 12, 2026 and will be seen from the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and northeastern Portugal.

On September 2, 2035, China, northern Japan and Korea will witness a total solar eclipse.

Australia will experience the greatest number of total solar eclipses between 2023 and 2038.

Between April 20, 2023 and December 26, 2038, five solar eclipses will be visible from the continent.

The next total solar eclipse visible in the UK will not be until 2093.

Also known as an annular eclipse, the ring of fire happens when the sun, moon, and earth hit the correct alignment.

For the ring to appear around the edge of the dark orb, the three stellar objects must align, with the moon at the farthest point from Earth in its orbit.

This year, the ring of fire eclipse will follow a Thoroughbred Supermoon.

This is when a total lunar eclipse coincides with a full moon at the closest point to Earth in its orbit.

This was visible on May 26 from Australia, the US and parts of South America.

The ring of fire is best seen from Qaanaaq, a city in northwestern Greenland, but should be visible across much of Canada and Russia.

People in the northeastern US will get a rarer sight than the ring of fire – a partially eclipsed sun at dawn.

This unusual and rare eclipse will be visible off the Atlantic coast, according to astronomers.

From South Carolina and moving north, skygazers should look north just after sunrise to watch the Moon take a bite out of our star as it slowly rises above the horizon.

Philadelphia, New York and Boston will see 70 percent of our star eclipsed by the moon during sunrise.

If you plan to watch the solar eclipse, be it the ring of fire, sunrise or the partial eclipse in the UK, make sure you take precautions.

Put on eclipse glasses or look indirectly by looking at the shadow on the ground, anything to look directly at the sun.

A small stretch of coast in the US, in New Jersey and New York, will see “red devil’s horns,” also known as the crescent.

British stargazers will see the sun with a ‘bite out’ as the highest level of eclipse will be 32 percent in northern Scotland, and as much as 20 percent in southern England.

A ring of fire eclipse occurs when the moon is too far away to completely hide all light from the sun, so a shift is still visible around the edges

A ring of fire eclipse occurs when the moon is too far away to completely hide all light from the sun, so a shift is still visible around the edges

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align in such a way that the moon appears - from certain locations - to completely block the sun in the sky

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align in such a way that the moon appears – from certain locations – to completely block the sun in the sky

Current forecasts suggest clear skies over much of the UK on June 10 at about 10:10 BST, the point where the moon appears to pass in front of the sun.

The next partial eclipse after this, visible from the UK, will be on March 29, 2025, when it appears as if 60 percent of the sun is covered by the moon.

This will be followed by another on August 12, 2026, where the UK will see up to 90 percent of the sun eclipsed. The UK won’t see totality until July 23, 2093.

What is an annular eclipse and how does the stunning display happen?

Diagram of an annular eclipse

Diagram of an annular eclipse

The spectacular solar eclipse is when a ‘burning ring’ appears in the Earth’s sky.

It happens when the Earth, Sun and Moon align while the Moon is in its orbit at the farthest point from Earth.

This means that it cannot completely eclipse the sun, causing a ‘burning ring’ to appear in the sky.

This is shown in part B of the diagram on the left.

The fascinating light display occurs approximately every six months, but has not been visible from the UK since 2003.

The next time Brits can see it is on June 10, 2021, when it will be visible across the country.

Source: NASA

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