World | Jun 10, 2021

Skywatchers experience first solar ‘Ring of Fire’eclipse of 2021

Juanique Tennant

Juanique Tennant / Our Today

Don't Miss the Breathtaking "Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse
Annular “ring of fire” solar eclipse

Skywatchers were this morning (June 10) treated to the first solar eclipse of 2021.

Solar eclipses occur once every five to six months, when the moon moves directly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on Earth and blocking out some amount of the sun’s light.

According to astronomers the eclipse many North Americans were fortunate to witness this morning is one of the four solar eclipse types known as the annular ‘ring of fire’ eclipse.

The annular eclipse, which occurs when the moon is at its furthest from Earth, is the name used to describe what happens when the moon partially blocks out the sun, leaving only its outer ring exposed.

No questions asked annular eclipses are sights to behold and, in case you missed Thursday’s event, be sure to be on the lookout for the second solar eclipse of the year on December 4, 2021.


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