Sunday, June 6th 2021
Spectacle in the midday sky
First partial solar eclipse in years
On June 10th there is a small but worth seeing sky spectacle: a partial solar eclipse. It had not been seen over Germany for several years. However, experts warn against observing the event without special protective glasses.
For the first time in six years, a partial solar eclipse can be seen over Germany. In the celestial phenomenon, which lasts around two hours, the new moon on June 10 will move around 20 percent in the north and around six percent in the south in front of the star in the center of our solar system, according to the Association of Star Friends on their homepage.
This maximum will be observed in Germany between 12.20 p.m. and 12.40 p.m., depending on the location from west to east. Around an hour earlier, the moon began to move in the same direction from the earth’s point of view in front of the sun. One hour after the maximum, the spectacle is over.
The astronomers warn against observing the partial eclipse without special solar eclipse glasses. Further north, the event will be more spectacular: In northern Asia, the Arctic and Greenland there is a zone of central eclipse, it said. There the Trabant pushes itself centrally in front of the sun. For a total solar eclipse, however, the moon is too far away from the earth on June 10th, a narrow ring of light remains around the moon.
Solar eclipses are rare because several factors have to come together. According to the astronomical friends, such an event can only occur at a new moon and when the satellite is exactly between the earth and the sun. Due to the inclination of the lunar orbit, however, it usually passes above or below the sun.
There are a maximum of two to four solar eclipses a year anywhere on earth. The next one, which can also be seen in Germany, will be on October 25, 2022. The Sternfreunde want to distribute photos of the solar eclipse on June 10 via social media. The Society of German-speaking Planetariums wants to stream the event live.