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Arctic Eclipse

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Posted by Adam Quinan on June 10, 2021 at 03:35:26 user Adam.

Although I live closer to the equator than to the North Pole, I saw a partial eclipse of the sun this morning which was an annular eclipse over parts of the Arctic.

An annular eclipse is when the moon passes directly in front of the sun but is too far from the earth to cover the sun completely leaving a bright ring of the sun around the dark moon. I did see a full annular eclipse here in Toronto back in 1994 but I have never seen a total eclipse, though one is due near Toronto in 2024.

The sun was already partially eclipsed when it rose at 5.35 am and there was some cloud on the horizon so it was not until nearly 6.00 am that I finally could see the crescent sun. Although it was only a partial eclipse here it was a quite good one with the sun more than 80% covered at its maximum just after the sun rose. The rest of the partial eclipse lasted until about 6.35 am when the moon left the sun's disc completely.

I projected the sun's image on to some card with my hand held binoculars and was able to show the images to some other interested people who also got up early.

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