June 10, 2021 an Annular or Partial Solar Eclipse

On Thursday June 10, 2021, people across the Northern Hemisphere will have the opportunity to experience an annual or partial eclipse of the Sun.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and the earth, casting a shadow on the earth, blocking or completely blocking sunlight in some parts. During an angular eclipse, the moon appears much farther from the earth in a sky that is smaller than the sun.

Since the moon does not block the entire view of the sun, it will look like a dark disk on above of a larger, brighter disk. This makes it look like a ring of fire around the moon. People from different parts of Canada, Greenland and northern Russia will experience the annular Astronomical beauty.

In some places, visitors will not see this ring around the moon. Instead they will experience a partial solar eclipse. This happens when the sun, moon and earth are not aligned at all. A dark shadow will appear only on the surface of the sun. Visitors in parts of East America and northern Alaska will see a partial solar eclipse on June 10, along with much of Canada and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.  

In the United States, partial eclipses will be visible in southeastern, northeastern, midwestern, and parts of northern Alaska. In many of these locations, the eclipse will occur before, during, and shortly after sunrise.This means that viewers need to get a clear view of the horizon at sunrise to watch the eclipse.

Check out animations and maps to see exactly where the eclipse will appear.👇

A visualization of the Moon’s shadow during the June 10, 2021 annular solar eclipse showing the antumbra (black oval), penumbra (concentric shaded ovals), and path of annularity (red). Images of the Sun show its appearance in a number of locations, each oriented to the local horizon.
Credits: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio/Ernie Wright

How to Safely Watch an annual or partial Eclipse ?

👉🏾First Method

  1. It is never safe to look directly at the Sun’s rays
  2. When watching a partial solar eclipse or annular solar eclipse, you must wear solar viewing or eclipse glasses throughout the entire eclipse if you want to face the Sun.
  3. Solar viewing or eclipses glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the Sun.

👉🏾Second Method

You can use an alternate indirect method to Safely Watch an annual or partial Eclipse. Second Method is pinhole projector.

NOTE: Pinhole projectors shouldn’t be used to look directly at the Sun, but instead to project sunlight onto a surface.

How to Make a Pinhole Projector

You don’t need fancy glasses or equipment to watch one of the sky’s most awesome shows: a solar eclipse. With a few simple supplies, you can create a pinhole camera that lets you watch a solar eclipse safely and easily from anywhere

Before you get started, remember: you should never look directly at the sun without the tools specifically designed to look at the sun. Even using binoculars or a telescope  you could severely damage to your eyes or go blind! The eclipse itself is safe. But looking at anything as bright as the sun is not safe without proper protection. And no, sunglasses don’t count.

Stay safe and still enjoy the sun’s stellar shows by creating your very own pinhole camera. It’s easy! Here’s how:👇

How to Make a Pinhole Projector|Home made Solar Eclipse telescope,sunglass

👉Equipment

  • 2 pieces of white card stock
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape
  • Pin or paper clip
How to Make a Pinhole Projector|Home made Solar Eclipse telescope,sunglass

1. Step Cut a square hole

Cut a square hole into the middle of one of your pieces of card stock.

How to Make a Pinhole Projector|Home made Solar Eclipse telescope,sunglass

2. Step Tape foil over the hole

Tape a piece of aluminum foil over the hole.

How to Make a Pinhole Projector|Home made Solar Eclipse telescope,sunglass

3. Step Poke a hole in the foil

Use your pin or paper clip to poke a small hole in the aluminum foil.

How to Make a Pinhole Projector|Home made Solar Eclipse telescope,sunglass

4. Step Try it out

Place your second piece of card stock on the ground and hold the piece with aluminum foil above it (foil facing up). Stand with the sun behind you and view the projected image on the card stock below! The farther away you hold your camera, the bigger your projected image will be.

To make your projection a bit more defined, try putting the bottom piece of card stock in a shadowed area while you hold the other piece in the sunlight.

How to Make a Pinhole Projector|Home made Solar Eclipse telescope,sunglass

5.Step Get creative

For extra fun, try poking multiple holes in your foil, making shapes, patterns and other designs. Each hole you create will turn into its own projection of the eclipse, making for some neat effects. Grab a helper to take photos of your designs for a stellar art project you can enjoy even after the eclipse has ended.