For those living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, New York and New England, as well as southern Ontario and Quebec, sunrise on Thursday (June 10) brings a striking image of the crescent moon rising in the east. -to the north-east. This is because the Moon will pass through part of the Sun in the first solar eclipse of the year.
To see the sun rise in a crescent shape, find a level, clear horizon, free of any obstructions. Probably, it would be nice to conduct reconnaissance in the previous days, so as not to rush to search until the dawn of the key morning. Some high roofs or coastlines can provide just such a view.
Since the summer solstice only occurs after 10 days, the sun rises as early as possible, but sleep should be avoided if local weather conditions permit.
Eclipse 2021 “ ring of fire ”: When, where and how to see the annular solar eclipse on June 10
In many places, four-fifths or more of the Sun’s diameter will be obscured by the new moon as it emerges from the east-northeast horizon, and when the sun is obscured by such a large portion, one may wonder if the eclipse will have any effect on general illumination of the sky. Will the dawn appear dimmer than a typical morning with a round, full sun?
The only way to find out is to make sure you get out early; check to see if the predawn morning twilight looks creepy as the eclipse starts long before the sun rises. Atmospheric refraction of sunlight can produce some colorful images of sunrise mirages.
It will likely be too early for an eclipse to darken the landscape, but then again, when the sun is obscured so much, sunlight will only come from its dark branches, not from its bright disk. So, perhaps the effect will not diminish the brightness of the sunlight as much as it will change its quality; ambient lighting may appear oddly “dull” or amber in color.
It may be worth looking back at past eclipses, when a similar portion of the sun was obscured, to see what effects of the sky were observed by observers.
In his autobiography, Starry Nights, Leslie S. Peltier wrote about his observation of a partial solar eclipse on June 8, 1918. From its home in Delphos, Ohio, the eclipse covered 77.5%. When the eclipse reached its peak, Peltier described the big picture: “The nearby fields, distant views, seemed to be shrouded in some unearthly early twilight. The sky seemed darker — shadows faint and indistinct. A cool wind rose, almost cold. from the west “.
Regarding the solar eclipse that occurred on March 7, 1970, Sky & Telescope, in its May 1970 issue, reported the impressions of observers from several locations. One person from Chicago, where the magnitude of the eclipse was 72%, commented on “an abnormal blueness of the sky and a dark yellow tint of weakened sunlight.” Another report from Ottawa, Ontario said that “the surroundings looked very strange, almost as if they were illuminated by half a dozen full moons” around the middle of the eclipse (83%).
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On July 10, 1972, the partial eclipse reached 79.5% coverage over New York. The next day, according to The New York Times, “the trees and clouds looked like they were seen through polaroid glasses; glare decreased ”at the peak of the eclipse. Interestingly, in this coming eclipse, the magnitude of the eclipse for New York will be practically the same: 79.7% eight minutes after sunrise.
Eclipse outside annulus
No place in the United States will see the Ring of Fire. However, parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, as well as parts of southeastern Manitoba and southwestern Ontario, will witness a circular phase — except that it occurs below the horizon before sunrise; The “artificial zone” of the annular eclipse.
For example, from Fargo, North Dakota, the ring forms at 4:56:06 AM CST and lasts just over three and a half minutes. Too bad the sun will be about 6 degrees below the east-northeast horizon! By the time the Sun finally rises at 5:36 a.m., the magnitude will have decreased to 26.5%, as the Moon will rapidly move away from the solar disk.
The table below provides details for five locations very close to or within the “artificial annular eclipse path”. The duration of the “artificial ringing” in minutes and seconds, the time of sunrise and the corresponding magnitude values, as well as the end time of the eclipse are provided.
|Location||Maximum. eclipse||Duration||Height||The quantity||The eclipse ends|
|Minneapolis, Minnesota||4:51:19||–||-5.7 °||30.4%||5:46:53|
|Duluth, Minnesota||4:52:30||2 minutes. 52 sec.||-3.8 °||52.2%||5:48:42|
|Fargo, North Dakota||4:56:06||3 min. 34 sec.||-5.7 °||26.5%||5:51:24|
|Winnipeg, MB||4:59:42||2m 11s||-3.3 °||54.3%||5:55:48|
|Minot, North Dakota||5:01:00||2m 21s||-6.3 °||62.7%||5:55:54|
All five cases refer to cases where the maximum eclipse is about 6 degrees or less below the horizon – a time known as “civil twilight” – when the sky is usually bright enough for motorists to turn off their headlights. But on June 10, the celestial glow may be rather weak or, perhaps, even briefly absent due to the already begun annular phase. Minneapolis is not located within the artificial circular path, but just beyond its southern border.
If there is high cloud cover on the eastern horizon, the sky may look particularly unusual. Depending on the clarity of the sky and the amount and type of local cloud cover during the morning eclipse, it is possible that the moon’s shadow itself will be visible, projected low into the eastern sky, although most likely any darkening will not have a noticeable shape or outline.
It would be helpful to compare what the sky looks like before sunrise on June 10 versus the sky on June 9 and 11, especially using a wide-angle camera lens, or better yet, a video or quick sequence of photographs of the eastern sky, which can end up being quite dramatic in the end.
Protect your eyes
It is always bad to look at the sun without protective equipment, even during an eclipse. To safely observe any solar eclipse, you will need special solar eclipse goggles. If you use a telescope or binoculars, be sure to equip them with suitable sun filters, as viewing the sun through a magnifying lens can cause serious and irreversible damage to your eyes.
If you don’t have solar eclipse goggles or can’t get them in time for a Thursday eclipse, you can turn your cereal box into an eclipse projector, or try making a safe solar projector with binoculars.
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Joe Rao is an Instructor and Guest Lecturer at New York Hayden Planetarium… He writes about astronomy for Natural History Journalthen Farmers’ Almanac and other publications. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and further Facebook…