Photos of the first solar eclipse of 2021 show a celestial phenomenon that this morning began its progression across the northeastern U.S. as well as parts of Canada, Greenland, Europe and Asia.
Weather permitting, people along the eclipse’s path in northern Canada, Greenland and Siberia were expecting to observe an annular, or “ring of fire,” eclipse, in which the moon obscures the center of the sun to create a bright circular fringe of sunlight around a dark disk. People just off the eclipse’s direct path—including those in New York, Philadelphia and Toronto—were expecting a partial eclipse.
The moon began to cross in front of the sun at 4:12 a.m. EDT on Thursday and was to continue its transit for roughly five hours—though the eclipse is visible only briefly at any given location.
The June 10 eclipse didn’t reproduce the eerie effect of the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, which darkened skies and lowered temperatures across the U.S.
The most recent total solar eclipse occurred last December and was seen by people in Argentina and Chile. The next one will occur in December in the skies over Antarctica.
The last annular solar eclipse before today’s occurred on June 21, 2020, and was visible in Africa, Asia and southeastern Europe. The next one will occur on Oct. 14, 2023, and will be visible in Central and South America and the western U.S.
This eclipse came 15 days after the year’s only total lunar eclipse, which some called the super flower blood moon.
To prevent eye damage, precautions must be taken when viewing the sun. Those who lack special eclipse glasses can safely view an eclipse indirectly by using do-it-yourself equipment like a homemade pinhole camera or a colander to project the image of the eclipse onto another surface.
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