Posted: 10.06.21 at 09:33 by Ellyn Wright
A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Cowbridge and other parts of Wales this morning.
Nearly a third of the sun will be blocked by the Moon in the largest partial solar eclipse since 2015.
Though sky-gazers here will see a crescent sun during this annular eclipse, observers in Russia, Greenland and northern Canada will see the full ‘ring of fire’ phenomenon.
An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the sun.
This causes the Sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, hence the 'ring of fire' description.
The partial solar eclipse will be visible from 10:03am and last until 12:18pm in Cowbridge. Viewers will see the Moon move along the edge of the Sun, making it appear as if a chunk has been taken out of it.
Timeanddate.com estimates that 22.57% of the Sun will be covered from our local perspective.
Nasa advises that looking directly at the Sun is never safe, even if it is partly obscured during an eclipse. It recommends wearing solar viewing or eclipse glasses throughout the entire eclipse if you want to face the Sun.