SUN ECLIPSE – The Sun, the Moon and the Earth aligned perfectly Thursday, June 10, 2021, offering the spectacle of a partial solar eclipse in France, especially in the north-west of the metropolis. From Canada to Russia, on the other hand, the annular eclipse was visible in full. In images, in pictures.
[Mis à jour le 10 juin 2021 à 23h52] The first annular eclipse of the year 2021, and the 16th of the 21st century, was partially observable Monday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in France, with a maximum between 11:55 a.m. and 12:20 p.m., depending on the observation points. The inhabitants of Finistère were the best off to enjoy the spectacle. The partial solar eclipse was the most visible in Brest, with the solar disk obscured at 17.8%. In Paris, on the other hand, the solar eclipse was only visible at 13.2% and in Marseille, at Only 2.7%. The annular solar eclipse was visible in its entirety from Canada to Russia for 3 minutes and 51 seconds. Discover the phenomenon in pictures around the world:
Did the French have the chance to observe a thin ring of the Sun covered by the black disc of the Moon? In mainland France, the eclipse showed the sun only masked by 0.2 to 17.8% by the moon. According to data from the Paris-PSL Observatory relayed by Le Parisien:
- Brest : 17.8% occultation by the Moon
- Little : 15.9% occultation by the Moon
- Rouen : 15.2% occultation by the Moon
- Paris : 13.2% occultation by the Moon
- Toulouse : 5.2% occultation by the Moon
- Marseille : 2.7% occultation by the Moon
- Ajaccio : 0.2% occultation by the Moon
The next annular eclipses will be visible completely from France on the following dates:
- November 5, 2059
- February 27, 2082
What time did the solar eclipse on Thursday, June 10, 2021 take place?
It was partially visible in France 5 hours after sunrise. Its maximum has taken place between 11:55 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. depending on where you are in France :
- Bordeaux : observable from 11:07 a.m. to 12:54 p.m. with a maximum at 11h58
- Brest : observable from 11 a.m. to 1:06 p.m. with a maximum of 12h
- Nantes : observable from 11:04 a.m. to 1:04 p.m. with a maximum of 12h02
- Rennes : observable from 11:04 a.m. to 1:08 p.m. with a maximum at 12h03
- Marseille : observable from 11:27 a.m. to 12:46 p.m. with a maximum at 12h06
- Little : observable from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a maximum of 12h10
- Lyon : observable from 11:21 a.m. to 1:02 p.m. with a maximum at 12h10
- Paris : observable from 11:13 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with a maximum at 12h12
- Ajaccio : observable from 11:52 a.m. to 12:29 p.m. with a maximum at 12h10
- Strasbourg : observable from 11:26 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a maximum at 12h22
- Toulouse : observable from 11:13 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. with a maximum at 12h48
Between the partial and total eclipse, the annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are perfectly aligned with the Earth but the apparent size of the Moon is slightly smaller than that of the Sun. This then forms a shining ring surrounding the lunar disk.
Very rare phenomenon, a total solar eclipse will not occur before September 3, 2081 in France… On the other hand, the August 12, 2026, we will be entitled to a “European” total solar eclipse, which will cross Iceland, northern Spain, as well as a tiny northern end of Portugal. Discover all the dates of the next total solar eclipses in the world, but also partial and annular in France.
On December 4, 2021, a complete solar eclipse will pass through Antarctica. But it will only be visible in its full phase from the South Atlantic, near the Antarctic Peninsula. It will be partially visible in south-eastern Australia and South Africa. This phenomenon will not happen again for 400 years in the region.
For one minute and 54 seconds (1 min 54.4 seconds precisely), the moon will obscure the sun, giving rise to a breathtaking spectacle, from 7:00 UTC or 8:00 Paris time. The solar eclipse will not be visible in the sky of France, but it can be followed live on the Nasa TV site.
The last total solar eclipse was observed on December 14, 2020 in South America, 100% in Argentina and Chile. More specifically, it made its appearance over the equatorial Pacific from 2:33 p.m. UTC (3:32 p.m. Paris time). The maximum of the solar eclipse occurred at 4:13 p.m. UTC (5:13 p.m. KST) over the skies over southern Chile and Patagonia in Argentina. This 13th total solar eclipse of the 21st century ended at 5:54 p.m. UTC (6:54 p.m. KST) off the coast of Namibia in the South Atlantic Ocean. It was possible to observe the eclipse only in its partial phase, in the following countries: Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, North Antarctica, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and French Polynesia on the Gambier archipelago. Despite travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, nearly 300,000 people came to witness the cosmic spectacle. Argentines were the luckiest to observe the Moon completely covering the solar disk, while in Chile, heavy clouds and incessant rain prevented viewers from admiring the total solar eclipse.
If you want to enjoy the spectacle of a total solar eclipse in Europe, you will have two chances to see one … In 6 years! On August 12, 2026 turn first, darkness will cover northern Spain and part of Iceland. The following year, on August 2, 2027, a second total eclipse will be visible in the extreme south of Spain. If you stay in France, you can still enjoy a very beautiful partial eclipse.
French astronomy enthusiasts will have to be patient … The next total eclipse that will cross mainland France will take place … in 2081! More precisely on September 3, 2081, followed by a second complete eclipse on September 29, 2090. In the meantime, it will still be possible to see the Moon partially obscuring the Sun.
A partial eclipse shows only part of the Sun obscured by the Moon. The next partial solar eclipses will take place in France on the following dates:
- October 25, 2022
- March 29, 2025
- August 12, 2026
On March 20, 2015, even if the eclipse was not total in France, it could be widely observed throughout the country. She crossed France from west to east between 9:11 a.m. and 11:47 a.m. The first city to be able to contemplate it was Bayonne and the shadow of the moon finished its course in Strasbourg. Several French astronomical sites offered events on this occasion, on the Pic du Midi for example.
What is a solar eclipse? Both strange and fascinating, this phenomenon occurs when the moon has just placed in front of the sun, covering it partially or totally. This is called a partial eclipse or a total eclipse. A solar eclipse can only occur during the new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction with respect to the Earth.
To observe the solar eclipse with the naked eye, it is essential to wear special glasses. Conventional sunglasses are not enough to protect the retina. During the eclipse, with the decrease in brightness, the pupils will tend to dilate. As the sun suddenly reappears, severe retinal damage can occur. These burns are not painful, so be especially wary of them.
Tricks like looking at the eclipse through a CD or through smoked glass are not effective. To protect your eyes and make the most of the eclipse, go to an astronomy club where you can observe the eclipse indirectly by projection. The simplest solution: make a small hole in a cardboard box, point it towards the sun and observe the projected eclipse. Note that glasses allowing to observe the eclipse without danger are available for around 2 euros. It is also possible to buy them in shopping centers or in stores such as Nature et Découverte, or to order them on the Internet.