Annular Solar Eclipse of 2021

June 10, 2022


Photographer: Caitlin Pointer

Summary Author: Caitlin Pointer

Shown above is a photo from last year's annular solar eclipse on June 10, 2021, as viewed at sunrise from the Southern Tier of New York. I got up earlier than usual on this morning to have the chance to photograph this sunrise solar eclipse. In the Binghamton, New York area, we often have cloudy skies, but luckily on this morning the clouds behaved just long enough to catch the sunrise. This eclipse photo was taken from the upper parking lot at Binghamton University.

Unlike a total eclipse, an annular eclipse occurs when the Moon’s disk does not completely cover the Sun. This incompletely coverage is due to the Moon being farther away in its orbit that its size is smaller than the Sun’s disk in the sky. As a result, the annular event looks like a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk. On this day from this area in New York State, we missed out on the "ring of fire", but we were still able to see the sun rise above the horizon looking more like a waxing crescent moon.

Photo details: Canon EOS Rebel T5i, f/32, 1/4000 second exposure, ISO-100

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