Eager skywatchers across the globe were gifted 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 pulled out all the stops 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 northeastern 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 the sun's light. During an annular solar eclipse, the moon does not completely cover the sun as it passes, leaving some sunlight visible.
Because the moon appears smaller under these circumstances, it cannot fully block out the sun, forming what's called a "ring of fire" or "ring of light."
This was just one of two solar eclipses this year. A total solar eclipse will be visible on December 4.
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An eclipsed sun rises over New York City on June 10, 2021, 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 Edge observatory deck at The Hudson Yards.
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The sun rises next to the Statue of Liberty during an annular eclipse on June 10, 2021, in New York City.
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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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In this handout 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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A partial solar eclipse is seen over the Houses of Parliament on June 10, 2021, in London, England.
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In this handout image provided by NASA, a partial solar eclipse is seen as the sun rises behind the Capitol Building on June 10, 2021, seen from Arlington, Virginia.
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A partial solar eclipse is seen as the sun rises over Scituate Light in Scituate, Massachusetts on June 10, 2021.
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The sun rises behind the skyline during an annular eclipse on June 10, 2021, in Toronto, Canada.
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The moon eclipses the sunrise as hundreds gathered on the eastern beaches of Toronto on June 10, 2021.
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A partial solar eclipse rises behind clouds, Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Arbutus, Maryland.
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The solar eclipse is partially observed in Brussels, Belgium on June 10, 2021.
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A partial solar eclipse is seen Thursday morning, June 10, 2021, from the beaches of East Hampton, New York.
A bird flies next to a partial solar eclipse in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 10, 2021.
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The sun is partially eclipsed as it sets over the horizon in Beijing on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
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The partial solar eclipse as seen from North Wildwood, New Jersey, on June 10, 2021.
The solar eclipse is partially observed in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan on June 10, 2021.
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