Partial Solar Eclipse Visible at Sunrise Thursday
If the clouds can clear a bit early on Thursday morning, Delmarva will be in for a very unique and special show. At sunrise Thursday, a partial solar eclipse is expected to occur.
While Delmarva will see a partial eclipse, parts of the upper Great Lakes and New England regions will see an annular solar eclipse. An annular solar eclipse is almost a total solar eclipse, but not quite. An annular solar eclipse is also referred to as the “ring of fire” because almost the entire sun is covered by the moon, except for the outer most ring of the sun. The sun will become a brilliant ring (or annulus) of light encircling the moon. The reason the entire moon won’t cover the sun this time is because the moon will be at its farthest point from earth during its orbit. The moon will appear somewhat smaller than usual — smaller than the apparent disk of the sun, therefore it won’t quite cover all of the sun.
Delmarva won’t see the “ring of fire,” but will see a partial eclipse. A good portion of the sun will be covered by the moon, and the sun will actually look like a crescent. It will look similar to the picture at the top of this article.
Be sure to set your alarms and cross your fingers for good weather. Right now it looks like it will be a cloudy morning, but there’s a chance we could see some breaks in the clouds that could lead to a good show. This phenomenon will occur right at sunrise tomorrow June 10th. Sunrise is at 5:38 AM in Salisbury.