Solar eclipse coming, but won’t be visible to East Texans

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:56 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - It’s about 12 hours away and will nearly block out the sun. A rare “Ring of Fire” eclipse is coming Thursday around 5 a.m., but even if skies are clear, we won’t see it in East Texas. We went to Tyler Junior College’s Earth and Space Science Center to find out why.

“Annular Solar Eclipse, sometimes called the Ring of Fire. It’s when the moon is going to pass in front of sun. And it won’t cover up entirety of the sun, but it will leave a little bit of the sun visible so it looks like a ring of fire,” said Dr. Beau Hartweg, director of the Earth and Space Science Center.

He said even if we were in the path of the moon’s shadow there’s another problem.

“This is going to happen right around sunrise, and it’ll still be kind of a little bit too early in the morning for us to see it. ... Illinois up through New York and even into Canada will be able to be treated to this annular eclipse,” Hartweg said. “Sometimes the moon is further away from the Earth, sometimes it’s closer. It’s not always the same distance. And when it’s a little bit further away; you know objects that are further away look smaller, and so it doesn’t block out the entire sun,” Hartweg said.

So, if you’re in the right place in the moon’s shadow you will see the ring of fire, but you’d have to cross the Northern border of the United States.

“The best place to get the full ring of fire effect is going to be northern Ontario Canada,” Hartweg said.

Well, that rules it out for most of us, at least for the next couple years.

“On October 14 2023, we’ll be able to see that ring of fire eclipse, that annular eclipse,” Hartweg said.

So the Texas version is a couple years out, but if skies are clear it’ll have a nice ring to it.

If you’re an early riser you can watch a NASA stream of the eclipse. Just click here.

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