Solar eclipse 2021: Rare ‘ring of fire’ eclipse will be visible TODAY across UK

The rare celestial event will be visible for much of the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday, June 10. It occurs once in every one or two years, however each time it can only be seen in particular parts of the world.

The Moon will move across the face of the Sun but not completely block out the light the star emits.

As the Moon is not completely obscuring the star’s disc, a ‘ring of fire’ or annulus of sunlight will be seen.

The best place to view the incredible phenomenon is in the Arctic, but not many people live there.

In the UK, the best place to watch the action – in terms of how much of the Sun’s disc will be covered up – will be in Scotland.

READ MORE: Solar eclipse time TODAY: When to view the solar eclipse in the UK

Not every eclipse can be total as the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is not perfectly round.

The Moon’s distance from the Earth varies between around 356,500km to 406,700km.

According to the BBC, Prof Lucie Green from the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory, said: “An eclipse gives us an opportunity to connect with the Sun.

“Normally, our star is so dazzlingly bright we kind of don’t pay it much attention.

“But during an eclipse of one form or another, we’re able – if we look safely – to watch the Moon glide in front of the Sun and remind ourselves of this clockwork Solar System we live in.”


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