‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse lights up northern skies
Skygazers in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday were treated to a “ring of fire,” or annular, eclipse, when the moon passed in front of the sun in line with Earth, creating the appearance of a fiery ring.
In the United States, some on the East Coast were able to catch part of it just after sunrise. In New York, a partial eclipse was visible at 5:32 a.m. ET.
The full “ring,” or annularity, was visible only in parts of northern Canada, Greenland and Russia, with a maximum eclipse visible in the north polar region at 6:41 a.m. ET and lasting just under four minutes.
If you weren’t lucky enough to be near the North Pole, don’t worry: The eclipse was livestreamed — and photographed.
And while Thursday’s event was the only annular eclipse on the 2021 calendar, there will be a total eclipse visible for parts of the Southern Hemisphere on Dec. 4.