June 18, 2021

Spotlight on the partial solar eclipse over the northern hemisphere

Posted today at 5:37 p.m., updated at 5:41 p.m.

The inhabitants of the northern hemisphere were able to observe, Thursday, June 10, a solar eclipse which traveled a band of about 500 kilometers running from Canada to Siberia, passing through Europe, where it was only very partial. .

The greatest spectacle was reserved for the few inhabitants of the highest latitudes, who are right in the axis: northwest of Canada, far north of Russia, northwest of Greenland and the North Pole, where the occultation of the solar disk has approached 90%.

The Sun rises partially masked during the eclipse on June 10, 2021, in Tobermory, Ontario (Canada).
During the partial solar eclipse in New York, USA on June 10, 2021.
Children observe the partial eclipse in Schiedam, the Netherlands, June 10, 2021.
During the partial solar eclipse in New York, USA on June 10, 2021.
The partial solar eclipse in Toronto, Canada on June 10, 2021.
People photograph the partial solar eclipse in Primrose Hill Park in London on June 10, 2021.

This is the first annular eclipse of the year 2021, and the sixteenth of the XXIe century. This astronomical phenomenon occurs during the new moon period, when Earth, Moon and Sun are perfectly aligned.

The annular eclipse was also visible, but only partially, in northwestern North America, and very partially in much of Europe, including France and Great Britain.

The partial solar eclipse at Scituate Lighthouse, Massachusetts, United States, June 10, 2021.

If the apparent diameter of the Moon is less than that of the Sun, part of the crown of fire remains visible. A total eclipse, which briefly plunges part of the planet into darkness, occurs when the diameter of the Moon exactly matches that of the Sun, as seen from Earth. This phenomenon, more rare, was notably observable from France in August 1999.

People observe the partial solar eclipse in Tollose, Denmark on June 10, 2021.
Observation of the eclipse in Tollose, Denmark, June 10, 2021.
The partial solar eclipse as seen from Arbutus, Maryland, United States on June 10, 2021.
A man uses a telescope to project a reflection of the sun, highlighting the very partial eclipse seen in Ronda, Spain on June 10, 2021.
The partial eclipse seen from Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, United States, June 10, 2021.