It’ll be tricky to see Thursday’s Solar Eclipse in Wisconsin

The maximum solar eclipse (partial for southern Wisconsin) will occur moments after sunrise.
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:16 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A stunning solar eclipse will create a “ring of fire” effect early Thursday morning for much of the northern hemisphere. As for here in south-central Wisconsin - some may think it’d be better to sleep in. On Thursday, the moon will slip briefly between the Earth and the sun, partially obscuring it from view.

This month’s solar eclipse will be a treat for those in the northeast U.S., eastern Canada and northern Europe, according to NASA. For many U.S. viewers, the maximum eclipse will happen shortly after sunrise. It’s expected 3 minutes after the Sun comes up over the horizon in Madison.

You’ll need an unobstructed view of the East-Northeast horizon at that time. But even if you’re able to get up that early and catch a glimpse of sunrise through the high clouds, the moon will only obscure less than 25% of the Sun. Those farther to the north and east will see a more complete eclipse.

Remember, it is NEVER safe to look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection. Standard sunglasses won’t cut it. Use special eclipse glasses or build your own projection viewer.

Author’s Note: Two on-air graphics incorrectly referred to Friday Morning’s solar eclipse. The partial solar eclipse will occur in the morning on Thursday, June 10.

Copyright 2021 WMTV. All rights reserved.