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US to experience 1st solar eclipse since 2017 next week: How to watch

NEW YORK — For the first time since 2017, Americans can watch a solar eclipse from their backyards!

In the early morning of Thursday, June 10, the moon will block the sun and cast a shadow on Earth.

People in parts of Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia will see the “ring of fire,” or annular solar eclipse. Since the moon is too far away from the Earth, it will not entirely block out the sun, creating the illusion of “a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk” in the sky, according to NASA.

This path of totality is so narrow that its estimated only 20,000 people live in that path.

Sub-arctic skygazers are still in for a treat. Those in the northeast U.S., eastern Canada, northern Asia and northern Europe will experience a partial eclipse.

This means the moon will only partially obsecure the sunlight, as if it had taken a bite out of the sun, according to NASA. In some U.S. locations during the eclipse, the sun will look like a crescent but won’t have the “ring of fire” effect.

Unlike last month’s lunar eclipse that dazzled the West Coast, next week’s celestial phenomena will be visible in the U.S. along parts of the southeast, northeast, midwest and in northern Alaska. The eclipse will occur before, during, and shortly after sunrise, according to NASA.

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The eclipse will start at 4:12 a.m. ET and will end at 9:11 a.m. ET in the northeastern U.S. The time of maximum eclipse varies by location, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

In New York City, for example, the maximum eclipse will be visible at 5:35 a.m. with 73% of the sun covered. The sun rises just minutes before, at 5:24 a.m.

The eclipse visible from Chicago will obscure 82% of the sun at its peak — but only the tail end of the eclipse will take place after the 5:15 a.m. sunrise.

Astronomers have emphasized that while it’s safe to view this eclipse, do so only by using eye protection such as “eclipse glasses” or a solar filter.

ABC contributed to this report. Video provided by AccuWeather.

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