On Thursday, June 10, 2021, New England will experience a brief, but fabulous eclipse of the Sun. Stretching from central Canada and across the Arctic, the Moon will eclipse the Sun. Though it will happen near the Moon’s apogee, which is when the Moon is furthest from Earth. This will cause the Moon’s appearance to be too small to cover the Sun, resulting in a ring of Sun around the Moon. We call this an Annular Eclipse. Outside of that path, observers will see a partial solar eclipse. This is the first notable Solar Eclipse over our region since August 2017 and Frosty Drew Observatory will offer a brief viewing of the spectacular event online.
Starting at 5:10 am, Frosty Drew astronomers will start live streaming the eclipse on our YouTube channel. Using solar telescopes our astronomers will be set up along the Narragansett Bay. Views of the solar photosphere, including views of sunspots, prominence, and filaments on the Sun will be shown. The Solar Eclipse starts at 4:12 am ET and will continue until 6:30 am ET with maximum eclipse occurring at 5:31 am, when the Moon eclipses 71.8% of the Sun. Unfortunately, Southern New England is not along the path of annular eclipse, and we will only catch the second half of the eclipse low over the eastern horizon after the 5:12 am sunrise. At our location, we will experience a partial solar eclipse.
Tune into the Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center Live Stream at:
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This is a fantastic event that is certainly not to be missed! So get up early and either set out to a spot with a good view of the ENE horizon, or tune into our live stream and catch the second half of a beautiful solar eclipse, compliments of the Solar System.