Eclipse 2021

The moon began to cross in front of the sun at 4:12 a.m. EDT on Thursday and was to continue its transit for roughly five hours—though the eclipse is visible for a shorter duration at any given location.

In Rochester, N.Y., roughly 200 people gathered to watch the eclipse from a Lake Ontario beach. Families sat on blankets while astronomy buffs set up telescopes with eclipse viewers, said Felicia Swartzenberg, a spokeswoman for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which organized the gathering. She said the event took on special significance in the aftermath of the pandemic.

“Everyone’s been separated in the last year,” she said. “People coming together to watch this event was special. There’s something magical about an eclipse.”

Some went to extraordinary lengths to see the full annular effect. Jay Pasachoff, an astronomy professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., was aboard a flight chartered by Sky & Telescope magazine, along with dozens of other eclipse chasers.

Some viewers said the event took on special significance in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Photo: Libby March for The Wall Street Journal

The sun rises behind the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse in Lewes, Del.

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The sun rises partially eclipsed from behind a window in high rise in New York City.

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The plane flew at an altitude of 38,000 feet over Canada and allowed those aboard to see the annular eclipse for 4½ minutes, said Dr. Pasachoff, who has now seen 73 solar eclipses.

The eclipse didn’t reproduce the eerie effect of the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, which darkened skies and lowered temperatures across the U.S.

The most recent total solar eclipse occurred last December and was seen by people in Argentina and Chile. The next one will occur in December in the skies over Antarctica.

The last annular solar eclipse before today’s occurred on June 21, 2020, and was visible in Africa, Asia and southeastern Europe. The next one will occur on Oct. 14, 2023, and will be visible in Central and South America and the western U.S.

This eclipse came 15 days after the year’s only total lunar eclipse, which some called the super flower blood moon.

To prevent eye damage, precautions must be taken when viewing the sun. Those who lack special eclipse glasses can safely view an eclipse indirectly by using do-it-yourself equipment like a homemade pinhole camera or a colander to project the image of the eclipse onto another surface.

The celestial phenomenon began its progression across the northeastern U.S. as well as parts of Canada, Greenland, Europe and Asia.

Photo: Libby March for The Wall Street Journal

Corrections & Amplifications

The first solar eclipse of 2021 swept across a broad swath of the Northern Hemisphere early Thursday. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Tuesday. (Corrected on June 10)

Write to Vipal Monga at vipal.monga@wsj.com

Source : https://www.wsj.com/articles/solar-eclipse-ring-of-fire-photos-11623283627

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