The solar panel, anticipated around sunrise, will appear that way because the moon is at or close to the very remote point in its elliptical orbit round the Earth at this time, so if it moves between us and our nearest star it will block out only part of sunlight. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the entire sunlight so that just a haze of light around the darkened moon is visible.
Rather, we humans will catch one of two sights Thursday morning:
The entire moon passes in front of sunlight, creating what seems like a doughnut hole at the middle of the star.
Partial solar eclipse: This takes place when the three celestial bodies aren't perfectly lined up, so just part of the moon passes in front of the sun. In this case, the sun will seem like it's had a bite taken out of it.
Only some people will have the ability to observe an annular solar eclipse on Thursday.
Where the eclipse could be viewed
Based on NASA, audiences in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwestern continental United States and in northern Alaska is going to have the ability to see a partial eclipse prior to, during and just after sunrise.
A partial eclipse will also be visible in much of Canada and parts of Europe, Asia, northern Africa and the Caribbean.
Individuals in areas of Canada, Greenland and northern Russia is going to be able to see the annular eclipse, the agency said.
The flow, which starts at 5 a.m. ET, even though sunrise won't start until about 5:47 a.m., will show a partial solar eclipse.
The way to gaze in the sun safely
What you noticed as a child is accurate: It is not safe to look directly into sunlight , even if it's partly covered by the moon.
That's why NASA recommends wearing"timber viewing or eclipse glasses" throughout the whole crossing. Regular sunglasses don't count.
Additionally, there are some creative alternatives to viewing the solar panel without risking harm to your eyes, like viewing it through a pinhole projector or constructing a home made wooden solar viewer.
Didn't we only have an eclipse?
Yes! But this was somewhat different.
You might be thinking of the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse that happened in late May.
The Earth passed directly between the sun and the moon, giving the moon a deep red hue in some areas of the world.
The lunar eclipse and the solar panel are happening so close together since the moon is traveling on roughly the same plane this season, according to GoScienceGo.com. On a single evening the moon will line up with the sun on one side of the Earth, and about 15 days after it will line up with the sunlight on the other side.