The moon blocked part of the sun in a solar eclipse Thursday (June 10), appearing as a partial solar eclipse to potentially millions of spectators and as a stunning “ring of fire” to some well-placed observers. The annular solar eclipse of 2021 was at its best for spectators in northernmost latitudes — northern Canada, Greenland and Scandinavia — had the best seats. From there, the moon appeared to block (but not fully cover) the sun, leaving a glowing “ring of fire” effect visible around the moon.
Where weather permitted, a partial eclipse could be seen from northern latitudes in Europe and America. The sight was a special treat for those in eastern parts of North America, where eclipse occurred just as the sun was rising, leading to a spectacular sight. ‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse 2021: See amazing photos from stargazers Image 4 of 4 The eclipsed sun rises over the U.S. Capitol Building on June 10, 2021, in an image from NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. The eclipsed sun rises over the U.S. Capitol Building on June 10, 2021, in an image from NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls) A view of the partially eclipsed sun rising over the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse on June 10, 2021, by Aubrey Gemignani.
A view of the partially eclipsed sun rising over the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse on June 10, 2021, by Aubrey Gemignani. (Image credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani) The eclipsed sun rising over Toronto on June 10, 2021, as seen by Steve Russell. The eclipsed sun rising over Toronto on June 10, 2021, as seen by Steve Russell. (Image credit: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images) A partial solar eclipse seen at sunrise with the U.S. Capitol building on display in an image taken June 10, 2021, by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. A partial solar eclipse seen at sunrise with the U.S. Capitol building on display in an image taken June 10, 2021, by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls.
(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls) ‘RING OF FIRE’ ECLIPSE 2021 The eclipsed sun rises over the U.S. Capitol Building on June 10, 2021, in an image from NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls) Snap a photo of the 2021 annular solar eclipse? Let us know! Join our Space Forums and send images or comments to spacephotos@space.com. While observers on the U.S. East Coast had to get up early to enjoy the spectacle, they were rewarded with magnificent views of a sunrise eclipse, which at many locations covered over 70% of the sun. However, in the U.S., too, weather conditions tested the early-rising observers’ nerves to the limits.
Photographer Imelda Joson and husband Edwin Aguirre, both veteran eclipse chasers and sky photographers, observed the eclipse from the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston, Massachusetts and told Space.com how thick clouds emerging shortly before sunrise nearly spoiled the day for them. Related: NASA’s photos of the sunrise solar eclipse are just jaw-dropping Image 1 of 3 A plane flies in front of the partially eclipse sun in this stunning photo from photographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre at Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in Boston on June 10, 2021.
A plane flies in front of the partially eclipse sun in this stunning photo from photographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre at Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in Boston on June 10, 2021. (Image credit: Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre/Joson Images) Spectators observe a partial solar eclipse from Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in Boston, Massachusetts on June 10, 2021. Spectators observe a partial solar eclipse from Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in Boston, Massachusetts on June 10, 2021.
(Image credit: Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre/Joson Images) A seagull flies in front of the partially eclipse sun in this stunning photo from photographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre at Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in Boston on June 10, 2021. A seagull flies in front of the partially eclipse sun in this stunning photo from photographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre at Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in Boston on June 10, 2021. (Image credit: Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre/Joson Images) “[We] arrived at 4:30 a.m. The eastern sky was clear, so we were very optimistic in getting some good shots of the eclipse,” they said. “However, as we got closer to sunrise, thick clouds began building up along the horizon.
The sun didn’t clear the cloud bank until just before the maximum eclipse at 5:33 a.m. By then the sun was already quite high and bright so it became a challenge to photograph the solar crescent.” Despite the early hour, about a dozen people turned up to witness the event. Joson and Aguirre said. Click here for more Space.com videos… Annular solar eclipses occur when the moon is a bit too close to the Earth to completely block the face of the sun (a total solar eclipse) as seen from our planet’s surface.
Instead, it leaves a thin fiery ring called an annulus around the shadowed moon. The moon’s orbit around Earth is tilted, so it does not always line up with the sun when it is in its “new” phase. When they align perfectly, we see a total solar eclipse, while other times a partial solar eclipse or annular event like today’s are visible. In Ronkonkoma, New York, 16-year-old Jason Materazo captured amazing views of the partial solar eclipse at sunrise with a Nikon DSLR camera and a 55 mm telephoto lens. Advertisement 16-year-old skywatcher Jason Materazo capture this view of the partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021 visible from Ronkonkoma, New York at sunrise just after 5:26 a.m. EDT.
16-year-old skywatcher Jason Materazo capture this view of the partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021 visible from Ronkonkoma, New York at sunrise just after 5:26 a.m. EDT. (Image credit: Jason Materazo) “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 on seeing the April 2024 eclipse. The most exciting moment was when the horns of the rising sun first appeared over the horizon.” Related: Total solar eclipse 2024: Here’s what you need to know Skywatcher James Logue captured a stunning 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 thrilling to see the eclipse,” Logue told Space.com in an email. “I knew we would not get the ‘ring of fire’ version; and, because of cloud cover, I was hoping it would not be obscured altogether.”
A crescent sun peaks through clouds as a bird flies by in this stunning photo by skywatcher James Logue, who took the photo from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania during the partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021. A crescent sun peaks through clouds as a bird flies by in this stunning photo by skywatcher James Logue, who took the photo from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania during the partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021. (Image credit: James Logue) 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 an event like this comes along, I just have to get out there and take the photos.” Logue’s photo shows a zoomed in view of the sun through a Nikon CoolPix P1000 camera, which he just bought last month, as the eclipse rose up from 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.” Related: Solar eclipse guide 2021: When, where & how to see them Click here for more Space.com videos…
Advertisement In the United Kingdom, typical British weather ruined the experience for most eager skywatchers, who readied their pinhole projectors and welding glasses to observe the modest 25% eclipse shortly after 11 a.m. local time. One of these skywatchers was European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, who tweeted a recommendation to switch to a NASA webcast instead. “If (like me) you’re looking up at cloudy skies, then you can always follow today’s partial #SolarEclipse on the @nasa,” Peake wrote on Twitter.

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