A partial solar eclipse will be visible early Thursday to stargazers across the northern Great Lakes, and eastward across New York state, New England and southeast Canada.
The partial eclipse, expected to coincide with sunrise, will only be fully visible from start to finish by sky watchers north of a line running roughly from Churchill, Manitoba, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada, Space.com reported.
“Elsewhere, depending on where you are, if your sky is clear toward the east-northeast, the rising sun will appear slightly dented, deeply crescent shaped, or even ring shaped,” the outlet reported.
According to NASA, solar eclipses occur when the moon moves between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on Earth that either fully or partially blocks the sun’s light in some areas.
In the case of a partial solar eclipse, the moon does not block the entire view of the sun, and the alignment creates the illusion of a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk, creating the appearance of a ring of fire around the moon, NASA stated.
The phenomenon will be most visible in portions of Canada, Greenland and northern Russia, while skygazers across some southeastern, northeastern and midwestern portions of the United States, as well as those in northern Alaska, could catch brief glimpses of the partial solar eclipse but not the fire ring effect, the agency stated.
“In many of these locations, the eclipse will occur before, during and shortly after sunrise. This means that viewers will need to get a clear view of the horizon during sunrise in order to see the eclipse,” NASA stated.
According to Space.com, the event is expected to begin along the northernmost shoreline of Lake Superior, where skywatchers should see the rising sun “morph from an upturned horseshoe with pointed tips into a ‘ring of fire’” for about three-and-a-half minutes.
Stargazers across most of the southern and western United States will miss the light show, however, because the eclipse will end before sunrise in those locations. Locales to the north of a line from Edmonton, Alberta, to Des Moines, Iowa, down through Savannah, Georgia, could see a “small scallop or bite taken out of the bottom part of the sun as it rises,” Space.com reported.
“The farther to the north and east one goes, the larger the bite will appear as the sun emerges into view,” the outlet reported.
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