A solar eclipse will roam the sky of the northern hemisphere, Thursday, June 10, on a strip of about 500 km running from Canada to Siberia, passing through Europe. The most beautiful spectacle will be reserved for the few inhabitants of the highest latitudes, who are right in the axis: North-West of Canada, far-North of Russia, North-West of Greenland and North Pole, where the occultation of the solar disk will be 87.8%, specifies the Paris-PSL Observatory.
The annular eclipse will also be visible, but only partially, in northwestern North America, much of Europe, including France and Great Britain, as well as part of the North. from Asia.
At these latitudes, and if the sky is clear, astronomy enthusiasts will be able to observe a fraction of the Sun obscured by the moon’s black disk, at 20% in London, 16% in Lille, 13.2% in Paris, 5 , 5% in Toulouse and only 2.8% in Marseille …. “The further south-east we go, the less obscuration will be important”, explained Florent Deleflie, of the Paris Observatory, who will broadcast the event live on his YouTube channel.
The eclipse will last about two hours, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in mainland France, with a maximum between 11:55 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. She will not be “not very spectacular” at these latitudes, but remains interesting to observe, according to the astronomer. It is in any case imperative not to look at the star directly, even with sunglasses or through a cloud. “Retinal burns can be irreversible”, recalls the expert. The most curious will have to protect themselves with glasses sold in astronomy stores.