NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A “ring of fire” solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday.
The moon will partially block out the sun this Thursday in the first of two solar eclipses this year, according to experts.
Joe Rao, of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, says the event will happen at sunrise.
“We have had eclipses of the sun before. This one, however, is unique. First of all, we're going to have about four-fifths of the sun's diameter covered. The peak of the eclipse is going to happen shortly after sunrise. Over the last 150 years, this is only happened twice before. So, this is going to be a rather interesting and unique event so far as solar eclipses here in the Tri-State area concerned,” he says.
When the moon crosses paths with the sun, it will appear smaller, leaving room for light to glow around a dark circle – creating the “ring of fire.” However, Rao says it might not be exactly like that for viewers in the New York City area.
“You're not going to see a big red ball. You're going to see something looks like a slice of cantaloupe melon,” he said. “Or maybe a horseshoe with pointed tips, as [the sun] comes up above the east/northeast horizon.”
According to NASA, those living in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwestern parts of the United States – and some parts of Alaska – will be able to see a partial eclipse.
Viewers a bit further north in Canada, Greenland and parts of Russia will be able to see the full eclipse, according to the agency.
If you’re unable to view it in person, or if you’re in an area where you won’t be able to see it, NASA will be streaming the event, beginning at 5 a.m.