Solar eclipse with ring of fire moves over Arctic | Polarjournal
The map shows how much of the eclipse can be seen in different parts of the world as of 10:12. In Central Europe, however, the intensity is likely to be low. Map: Timeanddate.com

A solar eclipse is always a great natural spectacle. When the moon pushes between the sun and the earth, blocking the light, it seems that the world also stops for a moment. Formerly feared as an omen, it nowadays attracts numerous observers. Another solar eclipse is due today and will be visible across much of the Northern Hemisphere and especially the Arctic.

One hundred percent of the eclipse will be visible in an orbit between the Canadian Arctic regions of Nunavut/Nunavik, Northwest Greenland, the North Pole and the Russian New Siberian Islands / Sakha. But also in large parts of the northern hemisphere the spectacle can be observed at least partially. Of course, the intensity decreases the further south you go. The event starts in Central Europe already at 10:12 CET (Switzerland: approx. 11:30).

When the moon moves between the earth and the sun, the earth darkens for a moment. Mostly, however, the eclipse is not complete, but a ring of fire surrounds the moon and forms a beautiful photo motif. Picture: Ruedi Grütter

The solar eclipse is an annual eclipse. This means that the Moon does not completely block the Sun because it is not at the closest point in its orbit around the Earth. Rather, a ring will form around the moon, called a ring of fire or annulus. And like every time, experts warn against looking directly at the sun, especially with cameras and/or binoculars. Specific glasses and optical devices are the best way to observe the natural spectacle.

The next complete solar eclipse will darken the sky over Antarctica on December 4, 2021. Many operators offer trips to do this. Map: timeanddate.com

The next total solar eclipse will again be observed this year. On December 4, 2021, the moon will move completely in front of the sun. But this spectacle will be seen in the southern hemisphere, in Antarctica. Numerous ship operators have long been offering trips to witness this natural spectacle in a unique environment.

Dr Michael Wenger, PolarJournal

Link to determine the exact time: Time and Date.com

More about the offers for the solar eclipse in Antarctica

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