When is the next solar eclipse?
A SOLAR eclipse, called a “ring of fire,” occurred on Thursday, with the moon blocking the sun’s light. When is the next solar eclipse, though?
On Thursday, a ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse occurred, with watchers in the UK snapping a crescent sun and those in the Arctic snapping an annular solar eclipse. An annular solar eclipse happens when the sun and moon are exactly aligned with the Earth, but the moon seems to be somewhat smaller than the sun, resulting in the ring of fire effect. At the peak of the event, observers in areas like Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis were expecting to witness around 40% of the sun eclipsed, with the best views expected immediately before 11.20 a.m.
If someone happened to be looking at the Nares Strait, between Ellesmere Island and Greenland, they will see an eclipse that lasts about four minutes, the longest of any place on the planet.
The ‘ring of fire,’ according to Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, will be seen from Russia, Greenland, and northern Canada.
“The annular solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse from the UK, meaning we will only see the moon pass in front of a little part of the sun,” she explained.
The most recent annular eclipse occurred in June 2020, and spectators could see it from west Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, India, and southern China.
The next partial solar eclipse, similar to the one that occurred on Thursday, will take place on October 25, 2022, and will be visible from the United Kingdom.
It’s possible that up to a fourth of the sun will be hidden during this event.
In the future, the next total solar eclipse in the United Kingdom will be decades away.
People in Cornwall and parts of England’s southern coast will see a ring of fire in the sky during three minutes and 36 seconds on September 23, 2090, just minutes before the sun sets.
Because most people will not be able to wait so long, a total solar eclipse will occur this year.
On December 4, 2021, the eclipse will be visible from Antarctica, but it will be live streamed from everywhere in the world.
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