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Annular eclipse this morning

2012 annular eclipse

by Lou Varricchio

Republished from the June 9 Sun Community News

Weather-permitting, early risers in Vermont saw the sun in the midst of an eclipse at sunrise on today.

The sun, which rises in the east, dawned at approximately 4:31 a.m. local time. Astronomers are calling the June 10 event an annular eclipse.

When the Sun and moon are lined up with Earth, an annular eclipse occurs. However, since the apparent size of the moon (as viewed from Earth) is just slightly smaller than the sun’s apparent size, a bright ring, or annulus, surrounds the darkened disk of the new moon.

“The new moon will sweep in front of the sun to create this year’s first solar eclipse June 10,” according to Bruce McClure of Earth and Sky, a popular science website. “…People have taken to calling these ‘ring of fire’ eclipses.”

McClure noted that from any one point along the path of the annular solar eclipse, the central or annular “ring of fire” stage of the eclipse lasts nearly 4 minutes.

“From New York City, the eclipse magnitude will reach a whopping 80%,” McClure added. “And, from there, the (complete) eclipse (including the brief ‘ring of fire’ phase) will last for 1 hour and 6 minutes after sunup.”

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