Where Can You See the 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse, and at What Time?

On June 10, a "ring of fire" solar eclipse will be visible from certain parts of the Earth.

Known scientifically as an "annular" solar eclipse, this event occurs when a new moon passes in front of the sun but our natural satellite does not quite cover the entirety of the sun's bright face at maximum eclipse.

This results in the appearance of a ring of sunlight—the characteristic "ring of fire"—that is momentarily visible around the silhouetted moon from some regions of the Earth.

People living in the regions where the annular solar eclipse will be visible will notice the landscape darkening a bit, but not nearly as much as during a total solar eclipse—when the whole of the sun's face is obscured by the moon.

During both total and annular solar eclipses, the moon only casts a shadow across a relatively small portion of the Earth.

"This shadow is never more than about 150 miles wide—it's usually only tens of miles wide—and it sweeps across Earth's surface faster than a supersonic jet," Rick Fienberg, a spokesperson for the American Astronomical Society, previously told Newsweek.

"Only if you're within that narrow path when the shadow comes by—and only if the weather cooperates—will you see the total or annular eclipse; in a much larger area outside this path you'll see a partial eclipse, that is, the moon will cover only part of the sun's bright face, looking like it took a 'bite' out of the sun."

On June 10, the "ring of fire" effect will only be visible from a narrow path that stretches across a sliver of Russia, Greenland and northern Canada.

"The upcoming June 10 annular eclipse will be visible along a path that runs from Ontario in Canada, over Hudson Bay, through northwestern Greenland, across the Arctic, and ends in northeastern Russia," Diana Hannikainen, observing editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, told Newsweek.

A partial eclipse will be visible across a much larger swath of the Earth, including much of Europe, western and northern Asia, the North Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic and much of North America.

In North America, the partial eclipse will be visible across most of Canada (except the westernmost regions), northern Alaska, the eastern United States (except Florida) and the northern Midwest.

In total, the event will last around five hours if you measure from the moment that a partial eclipse begins in the first location and ends in the final location—8:12 a.m. and 1:11 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) respectively, which is equivalent to 4:12 a.m. EST and 9:11 a.m. EST.

Please note that the local times above do not refer to a specific location but the beginning and end of the eclipse on a global scale. When you will be able to see the eclipse and what you will see depend on your location (visit timeandate.com to check local information.)

Most people in North America will first see a partial eclipse after sunrise on June 10. For those in New York City, for example, this will be after 5:24 a.m. local time. Maximum eclipse from New York will take place at 5:32 a.m., although the "ring of fire" effect will not be visible from this location. The partial eclipse will end here at 6:30 a.m.

"Just remember: never look at the sun, even during an eclipse, without adequate eye protection," Hannikainen said. "Alternatively, you can use methods for projecting the sun's image onto a sheet of paper, say."

A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse
A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse is seen from Kanarraville, Utah on May 20 2012. An annular solar eclipse will be visible on June 10 from some parts of the Earth. ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages