“Ring of Fire” solar eclipse stunned skywatchers around the world Thursday morning.
In a cloudy New York City, the partial eclipse looked from behind gray, inflated clouds as residents commuted to work.
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Images from social media showed the eclipse behind bridges that glow red dawn and as a backdrop for iconic landmarks.
Elsewhere across the northern hemisphere, the annular eclipse could be fully seen as moon went between the earth and sun, partially covered the star from sight, leaving its outer ring exposed.
While the annular “fire” eclipse was visible to residents of certain parts of Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia, much of the Great White North, parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, northern Africa, the eastern United States, and northern Alaska able to see the partial eclipse.
It looked as if the moon had taken a “bite” of the sun: obscured only part of the hot sphere of glowing gases.
American viewers looked toward the eastern horizon to observe the eclipse and NASA warned that the use of special goggles would be necessary to avoid the threat of blindness.
The first solar eclipse in 2021, the event was expected to last about an hour and 40 minutes, according to EarthSky.
If the weather or location does not allow it, interested parties could watch the celestial spectacle on NASA’s live YouTube coverage or sites like the Italian Virtual telescope.
The next and final solar eclipse of the year will takes place on 4 December, with whole only visible from Antarctica and southern Africa.
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The next total solar eclipse visible from the United States is April 8, 2024.