If you’re an early bird, you might have been able catch the incredible spectacle in the sky this morning.
The first solar eclipse of the year happened near sunrise today, and NYers had a unique view this time, unlike with the Super Flower Blood Moon earlier last month. However, many skywatchers claimed the clouds covered a bit of the visibility this morning.
The solar eclipse lasted an entire duration of 1 hour and 6 minutes with its peak view in New York at approximately 5:13 a.m., shared Time and Date.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the Sun and Earth. This ultimately casts a shadow on Earth that blocks the Sun’s light in some places. The Moon becomes far enough from the Earth that it appears to be smaller in the sky than the Sun, informed NASA. This distance between the Moon and Earth can lead to a “ring of fire” around the Moon to appear from the Sun’s outer edges.
According to NASA, the phenomenon was most visible over areas in Canada, Greenland, the Arctic and Russia. Eastern United States and northern Alaska were able to see the partial solar eclipse.
You can watch NASA’s stream of the solar eclipse here.
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