'Ring of fire' solar eclipse of 2021 thrills stargazers with sunrise spectacle - Space.com
Jun 10, 2021 2 mins, 8 secs

It was the first solar eclipse of 2021.

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?

Where weather permitted, a partial eclipse could be seen from northern latitudes in Europe and America.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse 2021: See amazing photos from stargazers.

Snap a photo of the 2021 annular solar eclipse.

Related: NASA's photos of the sunrise solar eclipse are just jaw-dropping.

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.

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. !

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.

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.

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. .

Related: Solar eclipse guide 2021: When, where & how to see them.

"For licensing enquiries about my amazing solar eclipse photo, please get in touch," observer Tony Shepherd wrote on Twitter while sharing a "gorgeous" picture of the cloud coverage

For licensing enquiries about my amazing solar eclipse photo, please get in touch

"Today's stunning #SolarEclipse, seen just after sunrise behind the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan," Kraus tweeted. 

Today’s stunning #SolarEclipse, seen just after sunrise behind the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan

Thursday's annular solar eclipse followed a stunning Super Flower Blood Moon eclipse on May 26, the only total lunar eclipse of the year

There will be one more solar eclipse in 2021, but it will be the Southern Hemisphere's turn to see the sun blocked by the moon. 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Dec

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