The top of the world got a sunrise special on Thursday — a “ring of fire” solar eclipse.
This so-called annular eclipse was seen from vantage points from the Canadian province of Ontario, through Greenland, the North Pole and finally Siberia, as the moon passed directly in front of the sun.
An annular eclipse occurs when a new Moon is around its farthest point from us and appearing smaller, and so it doesn’t completely blot out the Sun when it’s dead center.
The upper portions of North America, Europe and Asia enjoyed a partial eclipse, at least where the skies were clear.
At those locations, the Moon appeared to take a bite out of the Sun.
It was the first eclipse of the Sun visible from North America since August 2017, when a dramatic total solar eclipse crisscrossed the US.
The next is coming up in 2024.
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