Most of the US missed the ring of fire of the first solar eclipse of the year on Thursday (June 10), but some parts of the East Coast had a stunning partial solar eclipse at sunrise to compensate.
The annular eclipse on June 10 was mainly visible over Canada, Greenland and Siberia, as well as over a small section of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. But observers in a much wider range were able to catch the eclipse piece by piece. In many areas, the partial eclipse coincided with sunrise, making for an especially eerie sight.
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Two NASA staff photographers were on duty in the nation’s capital and Delaware to capture the incredible location. Bill Ingalls saw the view from Arlington, Virginia, where he was able to capture the view of the eclipsing sun rising near the US Capitol building.
Meanwhile, Aubrey Geminiani headed to Lewis Beach, Delaware, where she posted her photographs of the eclipse in front of the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse.
An eclipsed sun rises over the US Capitol Building on June 10, 2021 in this image taken by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls.
Aubrey Geminiani, seen as the partially eclipsed sun rises over Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse on June 10, 2021.
A partial solar eclipse at sunrise with the US Capitol building in this image captured by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls on June 10, 2021.
Partial solar eclipse at sunrise at Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse on June 10, 2021, photographed by Aubrey Geminiani.
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 entire 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 portion of the Earth, although larger regions may see this event as a partial solar eclipse. But without totality, no phase of an annular solar eclipse is safe to observe. without eye protection, or take pictures without a proper sun filter.
IN next solar eclipse will happen on December 4, but everything will be visible only from Antarctica and the nearby ocean.
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