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Solar eclipse photo: See ‘Ring of Fire’ up close

Photos of the first solar eclipse in 2021 show a celestial phenomenon that this morning began its progression over the northeastern United States as well as parts of Canada, Greenland, Europe and Asia.

Weather permitting, people along the path of the eclipse in northern Canada, Greenland and Siberia expected to observe an annular or “ring of fire”, an eclipse in which the moon obscures the center of the sun to create a bright, circular sunbeam around a dark disk. People just off the direct path of the eclipse – including those in New York, Philadelphia and Toronto – expected a partial eclipse.

A darkened sun rises over Tobermory in Ontario, Canada.


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In Primrose Hill, London, the public sees a partial solar eclipse.


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The eclipse is seen through cloud cover from London.


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A solar eclipse sun rises over New York City seen from Jersey City, NJ


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The moon began to cross in front of the sun at. 4:12 EDT Thursday and should continue its transit for about five hours – although the eclipse is only visible briefly at a given location.

The June 10 eclipse did not reproduce the eerie effect of the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, which darkened the sky and lowered temperatures throughout the United States

The most recent total solar eclipse took place in December last year and was seen by people in Argentina and Chile. The next will occur in December in the skies over Antarctica.

The last annular solar eclipse before today took place on 21 June 2020 and was visible in Africa, Asia and south-eastern Europe. The next one will take place on October 14, 2023 and will be visible in Central and South America and the western United States

This eclipse came 15 days after the year’s only total lunar eclipse, which some called the superflower’s blood moon.

A partial solar eclipse rises above the Baltimore skyline.


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To prevent eye damage, take precautions when watching the sun. Those who lack special eclipse glasses can probably see an eclipse indirectly by using do-it-yourself equipment such as a homemade pinhole camera or a colander to project the eclipse onto another surface.

Write to Vipal Monga at vipal.monga@wsj.com

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