The Sunrise Solar Eclipse on June 10 is for the Snowbirds!

James Maynard
Jun 2 · 4 min read

A solar eclipse on June 10 will put on a show for Canada and Siberia, with lesser displays in Europe and the northeastern United States

An annular solar eclipse seen in China in 2010. Image credit: A013231

A solar eclipse on June 10 will grace parts of northern Canada and Siberia, where well-placed viewers will see the event as an annular solar eclipse. These events are marked by a bright ring surrounding the silhouetted Moon.

Skygazers in the northeastern United States, as well as large swathes of Asia, will also get a partial glimpse of the celestial display.

Skygazers in the northeastern United States (as well as parts of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions) will see a partial eclipse.

An animation shows the path of the annular solar eclipse on June 10, 2021. Image credit: NASA/GSFC

Quebecois viewers should head out about 5:00 am, and look to the east. the maximum extent of the eclipse will be seen an hour later, and the display will end a few minutes after seven in the morning. In northwestern Greenland, the complete annular eclipse will begin at 7:30 am, peaking at 8:35, before ending around 9:40.

In New York City, residents will get a magnificent sight — the eclipsed Sun rising to start the day! Viewers will see the eclipse already well on its way as the Sun rises just before 5:30. Just a few minutes later, roughly 80 percent of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. Then, the pair will start to fall out of alignment, and the eclipse will be over by 6:30.

Skygazers around Washington DC will witness the Sun rise at 5:42, just five minutes before the eclipse reaches its local maximum coverage of 65 percent. The show will be over for DC residents by 6:30 am.

People living in jolly old London will see the solar eclipse on June 10 covering a maximum of just over 30 percent of the Sun from 10:08 am to 12:22 pm, peaking just before 11:15 am.

The author and his wife, Nicole Hennig, watching the solar eclipse of August 2017 the safe way — with Mylar glasses. Photo by Nicole Hennig.

Even during eclipses, looking directly into the Sun is a TERRIBLE idea — Don’t do it. Just don’t.

Well-made (and certified) Mylar glasses are the easiest safe way to view this (or any) solar eclipse (and they make quite a sartorial statement, as well). A decent pair can usually be purchased for around five dollars.

Annular eclipses occur at times when the Moon (which continually changes its distance from Earth) is near its far point from our home world.

As Earth rotates, gravitational pulls from the Moon (and to a lesser extent, the Sun) create tides on Earth. This slows the rotational rate of the Earth (making our days longer), but accelerates the velocity of the Moon, driving it outwards.

Long ago, the Moon was significantly closer to the Earth than it is today. Well into the future, our planetary companion will be too far from Earth for complete eclipses (lunar or solar) to take place.

A map showing best viewing for all solar eclipses from 2021 to 2040. Image credit: NASA/GSFC

It is an amazing coincidence that we inhabit Earth, and developed astronomy, at the only time in the history of our planet when total eclipses take place.

As the orbit of the Moon continually brings it closer and further away from the Earth, annular eclipses are seen when the Moon is at a more-distant point, creating a ring of sunlight around our planetary companion. These annular eclipses offer us a glimpse of what what all solar eclipses will look like to our distant descendants.

If you can, make sure to safely check out this sunrise solar eclipse on June 10 — it’s almost like looking into the future (while wearing Mylar glasses).

James Maynard is the founder and publisher of The Cosmic Companion. He is a New England native turned desert rat in Tucson, where he lives with his lovely wife, Nicole, and Max the Cat.

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