Partial solar eclipse may be seen Thursday morning if you wake up early enough
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - On Thursday, June 10, 2021 people across the northern hemisphere will have the chance to experience an annular or partial eclipse of the sun. If you are up early enough, you may be able to see it in the Stateline as our area may get a view of the partial solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, giving off a shadow on Earth and either fully or partially blocking the Sun’s light in some spots. For us, the eclipse will occur right around sunset which is scheduled for 5:20 a.m. Thursday in Rockford. The eclipse will start before sunrise at 5:19 a.m. and reach its peak a couple of minutes after the sun rises in our area. More specifically this will occur at 5:22 a.m. before ending at 5:40 a.m.
The current forecast is calling for our region to see anywhere from 20-30 percent of the sun being blocked, hence why we will be seeing a partial eclipse. You will need to be up early enough to see the eclipse and you will also need to have the clearest view of the horizon you can. That’s because this is occurring at sunrise in the Stateline. The biggest factor that will hinder anyone to see the eclipse will be clouds and the potential for some early morning fog.
The Stateline will have partly cloudy skies overnight and into early Thursday morning before another hot day. The clouds may also be accompanied by some fog but that will be very patchy and scattered throughout the region, especially in outlying areas. Luckily the cloud cover will not be completely overcast and skies will continue to clear throughout the morning hours Thursday.
Always remember to never look directly at the sun and use devices that can protect your eyes. Sunglasses do not provide adequate protection for these events! If you have specific eclipse glasses from prior eclipses, those will work or you can even use binoculars. If you do happen to get a picture of the eclipse, be sure to send us a picture in our 23 First Alert Weather Watchers folder for a chance to have your picture on 23 News This Morning, 23 News at Noon or on the evening newscasts Thursday.
Happy eclipse hunting!
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