This solar eclipse is what’s known as an annular eclipse, which sees the Moon move across the face of the Sun, leaving a thin sliver of light shining as a glowing ring of fire in the sky. The best viewing spot would be in the Arctic, but some lucky viewers were treated to spectacular scenes further south, too.
Apart from the Arctic, parts of the eastern United States and northern Alaska, along with much of Canada, Greenland, and parts of Europe and Asia witnessed the eclipse
In the UK, the most favourable place to watch was in Scotland.
In places like Lerwick in the Shetland Islands or Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, about 40 percent of the Sun was eclipsed
However, even as far south as London would have seen something if the clouds parted, with 20 percent of the Sun covered.
The place which enjoys the greatest duration eclipse – at almost four minutes in length – is in the middle of the Nares Strait, the narrow channel that divides the Canadian archipelago from Greenland.
A total of 90 percent of the Sun’s disc was blocked out here.
The so-called “path of annularity” – the track across the Earth’s surface where the Moon sits entirely within the Sun’s disc to give the greatest spectacle – began at sunrise in Ontario, Canada.
The spectacle then swept across the top of the globe, including over the North Pole, to eventually reach Russia’s Far East.
Normally, the New Moon is invisible from Earth. The only time we can see it is during solar eclipses, silhouetted against the Sun.
An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is near its farthest point from Earth, called apogee, so the outer edge of the Sun remains visible as a ring of sunlight.
Prof Lucie Green from the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory told the BBC: “An eclipse gives us an opportunity to connect with the Sun.
“Normally, our star is so dazzlingly bright we kind of don’t pay it much attention. But during an eclipse of one form or another, we’re able – if we look safely – to watch the Moon glide in front of the Sun and remind ourselves of this clockwork Solar System we live in.”
Dr Daniel Brown, an astronomy expert at Nottingham Trent University, said: “For once we can actually use the term ‘super moon’ to describe this, since the Moon was rather close to us at the last full moon (super moon), this New Moon is rather small as it pushes in front of the Sun.
“So it’s just that bit too small and we end up with a beautiful ring, sometimes called the ring of fire.”
“Overall, this eclipse is a beautiful example of how striking objects in our skies like the Sun and Moon move and interact.
“So get out there while you have time and enjoy it safely using pinholes, filters or projecting the sun. Next chance you will have is October 2022.”