Stargazers in Ireland will have the opportunity to see a special solar eclipse tomorrow (10 June).
The eclipse, which will see the sun partially blocked by the moon, won’t throw us into total darkness, but some parts of the country will find some of the sun’s light, well, eclipsed.
The event is expected to begin shortly after 10am on Thursday morning and reach its peak an hour later. This eclipse is especially interesting as it happens during the New Moon phase of the lunar cycle, which means that the sun and the moon share the same celestial longitude, a projection of the Earth’s longitude lines onto the sky.
So if you’re into astrology, you should probably be paying attention.
Unfortunately, those of us in Ireland won’t get the full “ring of fire” effect. From our vantage point, the moon will be a crescent, so we’ll only get half of the ring. The lucky ones getting the full ring will be those in Russia, Greenland and Northern Canada.
Even though the sun will be mostly blocked off, it is still not advised that you look at it without the proper, protective glasses. Fortunately, the event can be viewed online, with video footage from the best possible locations.