Most of the United States missed the “ring of fire” from the first solar eclipse on Thursday (June 10th), but parts of the East Coast caught a stunning partial eclipse at sunrise to make up for it.
The June 10 ring eclipse was mostly visible over Canada, Greenland and Siberia, plus a small part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. But observers in the sky in a much wider range were able to capture the eclipse in partial phases. In many areas, the partial eclipse was closely aligned with the sunrise, making it a particularly sinister spectacle.
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Two NASA employees were on standby in the capital and Delaware to capture the amazing site. Bill Ingals shot the view from Arlington, Virginia, where he managed to capture a view of the eclipsed sun rising next to the Capitol building in the United States.
Aubrey Geminiani, meanwhile, headed to Lewes Beach, Delaware, where he posted photos of his eclipse against a lighthouse at a breakwater in Delaware.
The eclipsed sun rises over the US Capitol building on June 10, 2021 in an image by NASA photographer Bill Ingals.
View of the partially eclipsed sun rising over the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse on June 10, 2021, by Aubrey Geminiani.
A partial solar eclipse seen at sunrise with an exposed Capitol building in the United States, made on June 10, 2021 by NASA photographer Bill Ingals
A partial solar eclipse seen at sunrise at the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse on June 10, 2021, photographed by Aubrey Gemignani.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, but when our satellite is relatively far from the earth in its orbit, so it cannot block the full disk of the sun. The result is the so-called “ring of fire” around the dark circle of the moon.
Like a total solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse is only visible from a small part of the Earth, although larger regions will be able to see the event as a partial solar eclipse. But without aggregation, no phase of an annular solar eclipse is safe to watch without eye protection, or shoot without a suitable sun filter.
The next solar eclipse will happen on December 4, but the totality will be visible only from Antarctica and the nearby ocean.
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