The world today witnessed the first Solar Eclipse or Surya Grahan of 2021. Although in India, only a partial lunar eclipse was visible in some places like Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh for a few moments before the sunset, people in the Northern Hemisphere got a chance to witness the dramatic ‘ring of fire’ or the Solar Eclipse.
This happens when the moon directly moves between the Sun and the Earth, whereas an annular Solar Eclipse happens when the moon moves right in front of the sun, blocking it and forming a ring around the edges, hence it is called the ‘ring of fire’.
Where was it visible?
According to NASA, the annular eclipse was visible in parts of Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia, whereas viewers in parts of the eastern United States and northern Alaska saw a partial solar eclipse along with much of Canada and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.
The entire ‘ring of fire’ lasted for about 100 minutes. It started at sunrise in Ontario in Canada. Surya Grahan started at 1:42 PM (IST) and continued till 6.41 PM (IST). The total duration was 3 minutes and 51 seconds.
Solar Eclipse From Across The World: In pics
This was at the peak (Milton Keynes time!) at 11.13am 🙂@mkfm @scenesfromMK @DestinationMK @mkfuturenow @MKCommunityHub @mk_citizen @LumixUSA @LumixUK #SolarEclipse #solareclipse2021 #Eclipse2021 pic.twitter.com/OQniPF1gCM
— Gill Prince 💙 (@GillPrincePhoto) June 10, 2021
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— John Kraus (@johnkrausphotos) June 10, 2021
The eclipsed sun rises behind the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge in New York City, Thursday morning.#newyorkcity #nyc #newyork #SolarEclipse #solareclipse2021 @agreatbigcity #sunrise pic.twitter.com/aW0UoXnFo8
— Gary Hershorn (@GaryHershorn) June 10, 2021