First solar eclipse of 2021 to be witnessed on June 10

The first solar eclipse of the year will take place on June 10. This eclipse is going to appear as a ‘ring of fire’.

The first solar eclipse of the running year will be witnessed on June 10, astronomer and Director Institute of Space Science and Technology Karachi University Professor Dr Javed Iqbal said Monday.

The eclipse can be witnessed at 1:12pm Pakistani time, while it would be at its peak at 3:42pm and expectedly end at 4:34pm, the professor said.

Annular eclipses occur when the Moon — passing between Earth and the Sun — is not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure sunlight, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible.

They occur every year or two, and can only be seen from a narrow pathway across the planet.

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves into Earth’s shadow. Lunar eclipses are visible from about half of the Earth’s surface.

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