(NEXSTAR) — If you thought May’s “super flower blood moon” lunar eclipse was a sight to behold, just wait until Thursday’s “ring of fire” solar eclipse.
On June 10, when a new moon occurs, skygazers across the globe will be able to view this year’s first solar eclipse.
Unlike a total solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, causing the sun to be completely blocked, next week’s eclipse will be annular, which only occurs when the moon is in its first phase.
The new moon will be farther from Earth in its elliptical orbit and will appear smaller — too small to cover the sun completely. As a result, a bright ring of sunlight will surround the moon’s silhouette at mid-eclipse. That bright outer rim has become known as the “ring of fire.”
“As the pair rises higher in the sky, the silhouette of the Moon will gradually shift off the sun to the lower left, allowing more of the sun to show until the eclipse ends,” NASA said.
How to watch
Here in Fort Wayne, the eclipse will begin at 4:47 a.m. Thursday morning, with a maximum occurring at 5:45 a.m., however, the sun will still be below the horizon at that time.
We won’t experience the partial eclipse here in NE Indiana and northwest Ohio until right at sunrise. which will be at 6:11 Thursday morning. At that point, 34% of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon.
Just like with last month’s lunar eclipse, a high vantage point with a clear view of the NE horizon will be needed to experience the maximum eclipse here in Fort Wayne before it ends just 26 minutes later at 6:37 a.m.
Remember it’s unsafe to look directly at the sun unless you wear special eclipse glasses to protect your eyes.
You can also create your own pinhole viewer out of a cereal box. Watch Meteorologist Adam Solarczyk demonstrate how in the video below.
If you can’t watch in person, a livestream will be available on timeanddate.com.
This will be the first of two solar eclipses in 2021, with a total solar eclipse to occur on Dec. 4.
The next solar eclipse for North America will be on October 14, 2023 and will be much higher in the sky in Indiana and much easier to see.