Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — The moon will partially block the sun on Thursday, creating a “ring of fire” solar eclipse.
Some people in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to catch the first two solar eclipses of the year on June 10.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses between the sun and the Earth, blocking part of the sun’s rays, according to NASA.
This eclipse is an annular eclipse, which means that the Moon is far enough from the Earth that it appears smaller than the Sun.
When the moon crosses the fiery star, it will appear smaller than the sun, leaving room for bright light to glow around the edges. This is called the “ring of fire” and will be visible to some people in Greenland, northern Russia and Canada, NASA said.
The name “annular eclipse” comes from the Latin word “annulus”, which means circular shape, according to the farmers’ calendar.
Other countries in the northern hemisphere, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, will be able to see a partial eclipse, in which the moon covers only part of the sun. The nail-shaped shade will cover a different percentage of the sun, depending on where people are.
The farmers’ calendar indicated that the annular route, which traces where the Ring of Fire appeared, would begin over the northern United States, then cross the Arctic before ending in northeastern Russia.
And if you can’t see the eclipse, NASA and the Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast live views.
Because some of the sun’s rays will glow from behind the moon, it’s important to wear proper eye protection when viewing a solar eclipse, according to the American Astronomical Society.
Here’s what you can look forward to in 2021:
2021 will have 12 full moons. (There were 13 full moons in 2020, two of them in October.)
Here are all the remaining full moons this year and their names, according to the old farmer’s calendar:
June 24: Strawberry Moon
July 23: Pak Moon
August 22: Sturgeon Moon
September 20: Harvest Moon
October 20: Hunter’s Moon
November 19: Beaver Moon
December 18: Cold Moon