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REWATCH: Ring of fire solar eclipse visible in northern part of U.S.

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:58 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:16 AM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - We are 1,033 days away from seeing another Total Eclipse in the Heartland, but early on Thursday morning, some folks in the U.S. saw an annular or partial eclipse of the sun.

“For southern Illinois and southeast Missouri, we will not be able to see this Eclipse,” said Bob Baer, a physics professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

He said the best view of the partial eclipse was in Chicago.

“For people up in Chicago, what they’re going to see is as the sun comes up it’s going to have already looked like a bite taken out of it. That is the moon basically moving in front of the sun,” Baer said.

According to NASA, during an annular eclipse the moon is farthest away from the Earth and the moon will appear quite smaller than the sun in the sky.

“For us, all that we’re going to see is a normal sunrise in this area,” said Baer.

Baer said the best way for folks in this region to see the ring of fire solar eclipse was NASA online.

“For 2024, this is quite a bit more exciting for people in this region because it’s going to be a total solar eclipse,” Baer said.

During the total solar eclipse, it will start out as a partial eclipse and people in this region will be able to see the whole range of the eclipse.

“We have one of the best views in the country for the total eclipse in 2024. We’re going to have just over 4 minutes and 8 seconds of totality for people to enjoy. It’s definitely something for people to look forward to,” said Baer.

On Thursday, NASA will live streamed the ring of fire solar eclipse on YouTube and on its website.

The next total eclipse will be on April 8, 2024.

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