For the first time since 2017, a solar eclipse was visible Thursday in the United States.
For early risers like Erik Riess, the annular, or ring-shaped, eclipse could be seen in Erie’s eastern sky at about 6:00 a.m.
An annular eclipse is sometimes called a “ring of fire” solar eclipse because the moon obscures only part of the sun, leaving bright edges visible.
In Erie Thursday, the sun appeared crescent-shaped because of the moon’s relative position against the sun. Riess, 29, of Millcreek Township, took this photo over the Bicentennial Tower from Liberty Park, which is west of the tower.
This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Eclipse over Erie: Annular solar eclipse captured over Erie’s Bicentennial Tower
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