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NASA Senior Photographer Bill Ingalls I didn’t think time would cooperate.

It made.

On Thursday morning, Ingalls captured stunning images of the partial solar eclipse over the U.S. east coast from Arlington, Virginia. These include the eclipsed sun rising next to the iconic Capitol Building in Washington, DC

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the Earth and the sun, but these planetary bodies are not aligned evenly. When this happens, only part of the moon blocks sunlight, giving the sun a sort of crescent appearance.

(During a total eclipse, the moon completely blocks out the sun, darkening the world for people with the superb opportunity to be completely inside the moon’s shadow.)

Other people on Earth this morning – in Greenland, northern Russia and Canada – were positioned to see a “ring of fire” annular eclipse. This happens when the moon is in an orbit far away from Earth, but still passes directly in front of the sun. Because the moon looks “smaller”, it does not block all of the sun. Thus, a “ring of fire” is visible.

Here are the NASA snapshots from the east coast:

Partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021.
Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls

The partial eclipse with the Capitol on the right.

The partial eclipse with the Capitol on the right.
Credit: (NASA / Bill Ingalls

Glorious.

Glorious.
Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls

The partial eclipse over the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse.

The partial eclipse over the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse.
Credit: NASA / Aubrey Gemignani

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Wow.

Wow.
Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls


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