Beautiful photos of the ‘Ring of Fire’ particle solar eclipse have started to flood the internet, and we are SO here for them!
Across the country, the Thursday morning sky looked a little different than it usually does. The moon wasn’t done having its time at center stage, so what did the greedy little rock decide to do? Partially block out the sun.
According to CNN, throughout the Northern Hemisphere, people had a front-row seat to the action. Following the solar eclipse, photos began pouring in on social media, showing off each person’s view.
Even NASA got in on the action, displaying the DC capitol building’s silhouette in the background.
Other users commented below the post, saying how spectacular the sight is.
“So beautiful, almost magical,” said one person, while another said, “Extraordinary pictures. #SolarEclipse.”
Total Eclipse of the Heart… I Mean Sun
Did you sleep through the solar event? Don’t worry; this was one of a few eclipses that will take place this year.
In addition to the two solar eclipses, there will be two eclipses of the moon. Three of these will be visible for some in North America. The next one will be on November 19 and with a total eclipse of the sun (or heart) on December 4.
So what exactly happens during a solar eclipse? Well, according to our brilliant friends at NASA, it occurs when the moon crosses between the sun and the Earth, which blocks a portion of the sun’s rays.
However, this particular eclipse is an annular occurrence, meaning the moon is far enough away from the Earth that it appears smaller than the sun… because it is… smaller than the sun and created a ring-shaped effect.
So, that is how we get the ring light effect, also scientifically called the ‘Ring of Fire.’
Dark moon + bright sun = BOOM solar eclipse.
Other countries that were in prime eclipse viewing position were Greenland, northern Russia, and Canada. The United Kingdom and Ireland witnessed partial eclipses (where the moon only partially blocks the sun).
In this instance, the sun looks like a cookie shaped with a bite taken out of it. However, the shadow covered a different percentage of the sun, depending on your location.
How and Where to See Solar Eclipse
Furthermore, if it is cloudy or you cannot see the solar eclipse, they will thankfully be live-streamed on NASA and The Virtual Telescope Project. For more specific times related to your geographic location, check out TimeAndDate.com.
Although we warn, DO NOT LOOK AT THE SOLAR ECLIPSE WITH YOUR NAKED EYE.
The American Astronomical Society notes that since the sun’s rays will be glowing from behind the moon, it’s essential to wear proper eye protection when viewing the solar eclipse.