Annular solar eclipse will dazzle for some on Thursday morning

Don’t get too excited; we explain why our local view won’t be as good as others’

Annular solar eclipse will dazzle for some on Thursday morning
Annular solar eclipse will dazzle for some on Thursday morning

ROANOKE, Va. – Following May’s lunar eclipse, Americans will have another reason to look up Thursday morning as the moon passes over the sun as it rises for an annular eclipse.

What exactly is an annular eclipse and how does it differ from a regular solar eclipse? Well, the moon will be further away from the sun during this particular eclipse and will not fully block the big yellow ball in the sky.

This is referred to as the “ring of fire” and it could look pretty cool up in Canada, especially because this event will be happening near sunrise.

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In the United States, the best we’ll have to look at is a partial annular eclipse.

The coverage of the sun will max out at 70 to 80-percent across the Northeast and Great Lakes states. Weather permitting, cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia could have a nice show.

Unfortunately, the coverage of the sun will be around 30-percent in Southwest and Central Virginia.

The eclipse is expected to begin at 4:40 a.m. with local sunrise coming at 5:59 a.m. The peak coverage will come two minutes later, then the eclipse will end at 6:28 a.m.


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