Solar eclipse 2021 path of totality map:The new moon will move in front of the Sun to create this year’s first solar eclipse on Thursday, June 10. On that day, the Moon will be too far from us to completely cover the Sun in its elliptical orbit around Earth. So a bright annular – or ring – will encircle the new moon’s silhouette at mid-eclipse.
This is the outer edge of the Sun, which is absolutely not hidden from view. People are calling these “ring of fire” eclipses. Essentially, they are partial eclipses, even if they are very dramatic. Like any partial eclipse, you need eye protection to watch an annular eclipse. Seeing with unaided eyes will damage the eyes.
Solar eclipse 2021 path of totality map
The path of the annular or “Ring of Fire” eclipse is shown on the map below as a curved red bar. Astronomers call this the annular path. You must be within this narrow path along the Earth’s surface to see the “Ring of Fire”.
Overall this eclipse lasts for about 1 2/3 hours (100 minutes). It begins at sunrise in Ontario, Canada (on the north side of Lake Superior). The eclipse path then travels through the northern parts of the world. Midway through, the largest eclipse occurs in northern Greenland at local noon. Later, the annular eclipse path rotates from Earth’s north pole. It ends at sunset over northeastern Siberia.
From any point on this annular solar eclipse path, the central or annular or “ring of fire” phase of the eclipse lasts a maximum of 3 minutes 51 seconds.
During an annular solar eclipse, the apparent size of the Moon’s disk is slightly smaller than the apparent size of the Sun’s disk. Therefore only the outer edge of the Sun is visible and if you are in the path of an annular solar eclipse, the Sun appears as a spectacular ring. This is an extraterrestrial view often referred to as the “Ring of Fire”, but you must use solar viewing glasses or other approved filters to view the eclipse.