The moon blocked part of the sun in a solar eclipse on Thursday (June 10) and emerged as a partial solar eclipse for potentially millions of spectators and as an astonishing “fire” for some well-placed observers.
The annular solar eclipse of 2021 was best for spectators in the northernmost latitudes – northern Canada, Greenland and Scandinavia – had the best seats. From there, the moon appeared to block (but not completely cover) the sun, leaving a glowing “fire” effect visible around the moon.
Where the weather allowed, a partial eclipse could be seen from northern latitudes in Europe and America. The sight was a special treat for those in the eastern parts of North America, where the eclipse occurred just as the sun rose, leading to a spectacular sight.
‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse 2021
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While observers on the U.S. East Coast had to get up early to enjoy the show, they were rewarded with magnificent views of a solar eclipse that in many places covered over 70% of the sun. But also in the United States, the weather conditions tested the nerves of the early rising observers to the extreme.
Photographer Imelda Joson and husband Edwin Aguirre, both veteran eclipses and celestial photographers, observed the eclipse from the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston, Massachusetts, and told Space.com how thick clouds appeared shortly before sunrise almost ruined the day for them.
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“[We] arrived at 4:30 The eastern sky was clear, so we were very optimistic about getting some good shots of the eclipse, “they said. But as we got closer to sunrise, thick clouds began to build up along the horizon. The sun did not clear the cloud bank until just before the maximum eclipse at. 05:33 By then the sun was already quite high and bright, so it became a challenge to photograph the sunshade. “
Despite the early hour, a dozen people showed up to witness the event. Said Joson and Aguirre.
Ring-shaped solar eclipses occur when the moon is a little too close to Earth to completely block the surface of the sun (a total solar eclipse) seen from the surface of our planet. Instead, it leaves a thin fiery ring called a ring around the shady moon.
The moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted so that it does not always correspond to the sun when it is in its “new” phase. When they fit together perfectly, we see a total solar eclipse, while other times a partial solar eclipse or annular event as is visible today.
In Ronkonkoma, New York, 16-year-old Jason Materazo captured a stunning view of the partial solar eclipse at sunrise with a Nikon DSLR camera and a 55mm telephoto lens.
“This was our second solar eclipse experience. In August 2017, we traveled from New York to Tennessee to see the total solar eclipse,” Materazo’s father Joseph told Space.com in an email. “We also plan to see the eclipse in April 2024. The most exciting moment was when the horns from the rising sun first appeared over the horizon.”
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Skywatcher James Logue captured an amazing view of the eclipse from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and agreed that the view was amazing, even if it was just a partial eclipse.
“It was exciting to see the eclipse,” Logue told Space.com in an email. “I knew we would not get the version of ‘ring of fire’; and because of cloud cover, I hoped it would not be completely hidden.”
But those clouds ultimately led to a stunning snapshot, Logue added.
“The clouds we did have actually helped, I think,” he said. “I enjoy photography, and when such an event comes, I just have to get out and take the pictures.”
Logo’s photo shows a zoomed-in image of the sun through a Nikon CoolPix P1000 camera, which he just bought last month when the eclipse rose up behind some mountains.
“It looked like a sailboat sail for a moment,” he said. “As it rose higher, the eclipse was quite clear and unmistakable.”
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In the UK, typical British weather ruined the experience for the most avid skywatchers who set up their pinhole projectors and welding goggles to observe the modest 25% eclipse shortly after noon. 11 local time.
One of those skywatchers was European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, who instead tweeted a recommendation to switch to a NASA webcast.
“If you (like me) look up at cloudy skies, you can always follow today’s partial #SolarEclipse on @nasa,” Peake wrote on Twitter.
If you (like me) are looking up at cloudy skies, you can always follow today’s partial #SolarEclipse on @nasa live feed here 👇 It starts right now and maximum coverage in the UK will be at. 11:14. Https://t.co/Xq2Lf4NHub June 10, 2021
The British, however, nurtured the quintessential British weather with the epitome of British humor.
“To get license inquiries about my amazing solar eclipse image, please contact,” observer Tony Shepherd wrote on Twitter, sharing a “beautiful” image of the cloud cover.
For license inquiries about my amazing solar eclipse photo, please contact. #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/W7wDCQBqQn June 10, 2021
But for some, a stroke of almost divine luck intervened in a crucial moment and allowed them to see the eclipse despite the overwhelmingly unfavorable conditions.
London skyscraper and astronomy communicator Tom Kerss, who observed from the London borough of Greenwich, tweeted shortly after the eclipse reached its peak.
“Incredible good luck for a break in the cloud during the biggest eclipse! So at 11:14 the cloud rolled back. Wow! Star-struck #SolarEclipse.”
Incredible luck for a break in the cloud during the Greatest Eclipse! So at 11:14 the cloud rolled back. Wow! 🤩 #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/j9s27skw34 June 10, 2021
He accompanied the tweet with a video of the sun’s crescent moon appearing in a small gap between the clouds before disappearing into the gray again.
Jason Betzner, an earth science teacher and geologist who observed the eclipse from Yorktown, Virginia, was also affordable for the cloud cover.
“Had a short, lucky break in the clouds to watch #annularclipse this morning,” he wrote on Twitter after the peak eclipse at. 06:14 Eastern Day Time:
Had a brief lucky break in the clouds to watch #annularclipse this morning in Yorktown, Virginia. #SolarEclipse @JeffEdmondsonWX @BeckePhysics @StormHour @NASA_Wallops @CanonUSAimaging pic.twitter.com/IPpOuRWwte June 10, 2021
He accompanied the tweet with a photo of the sun’s crescent moon looking through the clouds over the horizon.
Also for Mike Cohea, who was observing from Narragansett, Rhode Island, the darkening rising sun came up from the clouds just in time for a fantastic shot.
This morning’s partial #annularclips from Narragansett, #RhodeIsland as it emerges from the clouds. #Eclipse pic.twitter.com/WtBIDfgn94 June 10, 2021
Meteorologist Justin Berk tweeted an eerie image of the giant sunshade in the red dawn over the Baltimore skyline.
Winner! Crescent Sunrise ☀️🌙🌎❤️ # PartialSolarEclipse over Baltimore from my friend Tim Shahan #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/C7yXaUtKDn June 10, 2021
Space photographer John Kraus shared a similarly powerful shot of the crescent against the yellow sky behind the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan.
“Today’s amazing #SolarEclipse, seen just after sunrise behind the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan,” Kraus tweeted.
Today’s amazing #SolarEclipse, seen just after sunrise behind the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan. 🌙 pic.twitter.com/OSyv1Q6Iqb June 10, 2021
Thursday’s annular solar eclipse followed an amazing Super Flower Blood Moon eclipse on May 26, the only total lunar eclipse of the year. There will be another solar eclipse in 2021, but it’s the southern hemisphere’s turn to see the sun blocked by the moon.
A total solar eclipse will take place on December 4, and while it may be even more impressive than Thursday’s event, it will be hard to see it best. The entire trail to the event covers only parts of Antarctica and the nearby ocean.
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