June 18, 2021

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Sky enthusiasts around the world received a spectacular annular solar eclipse Thursday morning – and they didn’t pass up the opportunity to document it. Millions of people around the world marveled at the sight, which appeared as a glowing “ring of fire” in the night sky.

Astrophotographers went out of their way to capture stunning images of the celestial phenomenon, which was fully visible in parts of Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean and Siberia, and partially visible for much of the rest of the north. – eastern North America, Greenland, northern Europe and northern Asia.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, completely blocking sunlight. During a annular solar eclipse, the moon does not completely cover the sun as it passes, leaving some sun visible.

Because the moon looks smaller under these circumstances, it cannot completely block the sun, forming what is called a “ring of fire” or “ring of light”.

It was just one of two solar eclipses this year. A total solar eclipse will be visible on December 4.

New York City

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An eclipsed sun rises over New York City on June 10, 2021, as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey.

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The sun rises over New York City during a solar eclipse on June 10, 2021, as seen from the deck of The Edge Observatory at The Hudson Yards.

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The sun rises beside the Statue of Liberty during an annular eclipse on June 10, 2021 in New York City.

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Germany

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Only a small part of the sun is covered by the moon during a partial solar eclipse on June 10, 2021, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne.

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Delaware

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In this image provided by NASA, a partial solar eclipse is seen as the sun rises behind the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse on June 10, 2021, in Lewes, Delaware.

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London

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A partial solar eclipse is observed over the Houses of Parliament on June 10, 2021 in London, England.

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Washington DC

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In this image provided by NASA, a partial solar eclipse is seen as the sun rises behind the Capitol on June 10, 2021, as seen from Arlington, Virginia.

Bill Ingalls / NASA via Getty Images


Massachusetts

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A partial solar eclipse is observed as the sun rises over Scituate Light in Scituate, Massachusetts on June 10, 2021.

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Canada

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The sun rises behind the horizon line during an annular eclipse on June 10, 2021 in Toronto, Canada.

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The morning of the day before Ontario's transition to the first stage of the reopening of COVID-19 is marked by a solar eclipse seen from the beaches
The moon eclipses sunrise as hundreds gathered on the beaches in eastern Toronto on June 10, 2021.

Steve Russell / Getty Images


Maryland

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A partial solar eclipse rises behind the clouds Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Arbutus, Maryland.

Julio Cortez / AP


Belgium

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The solar eclipse is partially observed in Brussels, Belgium on June 10, 2021.

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Long island

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A partial solar eclipse is seen Thursday morning June 10, 2021 from the beaches of East Hampton, New York.

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Russia

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A bird flies next to a partial solar eclipse in St. Petersburg, Russia on June 10, 2021.

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China

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The sun is partially eclipsed as it sets over the horizon in Beijing on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Ng Han Guan / AP


New Jersey

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The partial solar eclipse as seen from North Wildwood, New Jersey, June 10, 2021.

Chris Bakley


Kazakhstan

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The solar eclipse is partially observed in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan on June 10, 2021.

Turar Kazangapov / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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