NASA just released their monthly update (above) highlighting the upcoming goodies for sky watchers. At the top of the list is a solar eclipse, though you might also want to check out Scorpius and its bright red star.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the earth and the sun, obscuring the Earthlings’ view of our nearest star. While the event on Thursday June 10th will be a partial solar eclipse with some of the sun remaining visible, it nonetheless promises an amazing spectacle for those lucky enough to experience it.
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The first thing to note: The June solar eclipse will be more or less visible to people in the northeastern United States, eastern Canada, and northern Europe.
“For US viewers, this is a sunrise event in which the moon seems to have bitten out of the sun as soon as it rises,” says NASA in its description of the approaching solar eclipse. For those in Northern Europe, the solar eclipse will be visible around noon.
What the solar eclipse in North America will look like depending on your location. NASA
Those further north and east of the United States and Canada will see the moon obscure more of the sun, and people in parts of Canada and Greenland can see the extraordinary sight known as the “ring of fire” appearing on the edge of the Moon.
To see the solar eclipse, check the sunrise times for your area by referring to a weather app (iOS / Android) or websites like timeanddate.com.
Note: When viewing the solar eclipse, it is absolutely essential that you use appropriate protection for your eyes. Check out NASA’s Solar Eclipse Safety Guide to find out how to enjoy the solar eclipse without the risk of injury.
This month is also the best time to look for a star group called Scorpius.
“This grouping of stars is shaped like a scorpion and dates back to ancient times in the Mediterranean and the Middle East,” says NASA. “In Greek myth, the deadly sting of the scorpion brought down the great hunter Orion, and therefore – so the story goes – we find them today on opposite sides of the sky.”
You’ll find Scorpius – complete with the fiery red Antares star – on the southern horizon. NASA
People in the northern hemisphere will see the entire Scorpio when it ascends in the first few hours after dark. A good way to locate Scorpius is to search the southern horizon for Antares, the bright red, beacon-like star that NASA describes as the “flaming heart” of the Scorpio.