'Ring of fire' solar eclipse lights up northern skies

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NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 10: Solar eclipse is seen during early hours of morning in New York, United States on June 10, 2021. (Photo by Islam Dogru/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The solar eclipse as seen in New York during the early hours on Thursday. (Islam Dogru/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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.

Just how much of the eclipse was visible depended on where you were — and whether you were awake.

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 sun rises next to the Statue of Liberty during an annular eclipse in New York City on Thursday. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
The sun rises next to the Statue of Liberty during the eclipse. (Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

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.


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