DIRECT. Partial eclipse: watch the Sun disappear behind the Moon from 11 a.m. in mainland France

What there is to know

A solar eclipse will travel the sky of the northern hemisphere, Thursday, June 10, on a strip of about 500 km running from Canada to Siberia, via Europe. SIf the sky is clear, astronomy enthusiasts will be able to observe, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a fraction of the Sun obscured by the black disc of the Moon. Follow the astronomical phenomenon live thanks to the retransmission of Paris-PSL Observatory.

The places where it can be observed. The most beautiful spectacle will be reserved for the inhabitants of the highest latitudes : north-west of Canada, far north of Russia, north-west of Greenland and the North Pole. The eclipse will also be visible, but only partially, in much of Europe, including France and Great Britain. The fraction of the Sun occulted will be of 20% in London, 16% in Lille, 13.2% in Paris, 5.5% in Toulouse and only 2.8% in Marseille.

Safety instructions. It is imperative not to look at the star directly, even with sunglasses or through a cloud. The most curious will have to protect themselves with glasses sold in astronomy stores (beware of used eclipse glasses), or use the means of observation of amateur astronomers. It can also be contemplated indirectly, by projection on the ground or using a piece of cardboard with holes, or a skimmer.

A rare phenomenon. This is the first annular eclipse of the year 2021, and the 16th of the 21st century. This astronomical phenomenon occurs during the New Moon period, when Earth, Moon and Sun are perfectly aligned.

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