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The “ring of fire” seen in the sky in parts of the world on Thursday

The “ring of fire” seen in the sky in parts of the world on Thursday

On Thursday, the top of the world was treated to a special sunrise, a “ring of fire” solar eclipse.

Also known as the annular eclipse, it started in Ontario, then swept across Greenland, the North Pole, and finally Siberia, as the moon passed directly in front of the sun.

(Geoff Robins / AFP / Getty Images)

Dramatic images of the eclipse were captured in those areas on Thursday, including Toronto and Tobermory, Ont., As seen above.

He also stood out in Ottawa.

(Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

An annular eclipse occurs when a new moon is around its farthest point from Earth, appearing smaller so that it does not completely erase the sun when it is at a standstill.

Upper parts of North America, Europe and Asia experienced a partial eclipse, at least where the skies were clear.

In these places, the moon seemed to take a bite out of the sun – like in Washington, as shown in the image below.

(Bill Ingalls / NASA / The Associated Press)

But it was also a fascinating event across the Atlantic Ocean, including in Dublin, where this image was captured above the statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea on the Bull Wall.

(Brian Lawless / Press Association / The Associated Press)

It was the same closer to continental Europe, in London.

(Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

It was the first solar eclipse visible from North America since August 2017, when a dramatic total solar eclipse swept across the United States. The next one will take place in 2024.

A total lunar eclipse graced the sky two weeks ago.

Still, those who braced for Thursday’s annular eclipse – like the man shown below in London’s Trafalgar Square – seemed to be enjoying the moment.

(Frank Augstein / The Associated Press)

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