Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08am

A celestial phenomenon is underway, with observers in the UK able to see a crescent sun while viewers in the Arctic enjoy an annular solar eclipse.

An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun. This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon known as the “ring of fire”. The full phenomenon will be visible on Thursday to those watching in locations such as Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia.

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