A Rare Solstice 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse Will Happen on Thursday

As NASA explains, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes directly between the sun and Earth during its orbit, blocking the light of the sun from reaching Earth and casting a shadow on a portion of the planet



A rare solar eclipse is going to be taking place this week.

Described as a sunrise eclipse, which only happens around once every fifty years, the sun will be rising already partially covered.

It’s set to happen around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.  The public is reminded NOT to look at it directly, instead use a pair of welder shades, 12 or higher, to protect their eyes from the sun.

For some in Canada it will be even more impactful—a “ring of fire.” The New Moon will be too far away from the Earth in its orbit to cause a total solar eclipse, instead creating a bright ring around the Moon that will need to be viewed through solar eclipse glasses. 

The next full eclipse, in which the sun, moon and the Earth are in direct line, will happen on April 8, 2024



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