ust two weeks after the total lunar eclipse, there’s another celestial event on the horizon — but this time involving the sun.
On Thursday, parts of the Northern Hemisphere — including Canada — will experience an annular solar eclipse, an event where most of the sun is blocked out by the moon.
There are three main types of solar eclipses: total, partial and annular. During a total eclipse, the entire disk of the sun is covered by the moon. A partial eclipse is where the moon appears to swing through some of the sun.
An annular eclipse, however, is when the moon is a little farther away from us in its orbit and covers all but the outer edge of the sun, creating what some call a “ring of fire.”