Residents of the northern hemisphere will be able to spot a “ring of fire” in the sky when the solar eclipse occurs tomorrow, June 10. Experts say it will look like the Death Star in the background of the Sun.
Solar eclipses occur when the Moon moves directly between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow over our planet and blocking at least some of the sunlight. This Thursday at sunrise, we may observe an annular solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth in its elliptical orbit to completely block out the Sun, as it does during a total solar eclipse. The Moon will leave the outer ring of the Sun open, creating the appearance of a “ring of fire” in the sky during the only solar eclipse in 2021.
Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, notes that the full “ring of fire” will only be visible from the northernmost latitudes including the North Pole and parts of Greenland and Canada, most Americans will only see a partial version of the eclipse. However, even a partial eclipse can be incredible. “It will be as if the Death Star is in front of the rising sun,” she said, referring to a space weapon the size of the moon from “Star Wars.”