Solar Eclipse 2021: NASA Shares Stunning Images of the Celestial Event on Instagram


NASA posted a couple breath-taking images of the annular solar eclipse as seen from the USA on its official Instagram maintain, calling it a “view of a life-time” The solar eclipse that occurred on June 10 is the first solar eclipse of this year and used to be witnessed in its partial form from Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh in India, northern Europe, and the north-eastern United States. According to the Instagram post by NASA, the annular solar eclipse used to be visible to only those who were observing it from Canada, Greenland, and Northern Russia.

NASA’s post on Instagram comprises two abnormal images of Thursday’s partial solar eclipse. The first one used to be taken from Washington, DC, with america Capitol building in the foreground of the image, as the partially eclipsed sun lit up the sky a bright orange. The second one image, equally significant, features the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse against a purple and pink sky, turning orange along the vertical gradient as the moon partially eclipsed the sun.

In the caption, NASA explained the phenomenon of solar eclipses and why they arise. The caption read: “With our eyes to the skies, we felt our hearts skip a whip and we admired. A view of a life-time. Shown here, we see a partial solar eclipse as the Sun peeks in the back of the USA Capitol Building and from the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse, on June 10, 2021. Solar eclipses happen when the Moon dances in front of the Sun, from the viewpoint of our planet. A “ring of fire” or annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is close its farthest point from Soil throughout an eclipse, so the Moon appears smaller than the Sun in the sky and doesn’t block the whole solar disk. The “ring of fire” solar eclipse used to be only visible to a few people in Greenland, Northern Russia, and Canada.”

There is not any denying that solar eclipses make for breath-taking visuals that are powerful and awe-inspiring at the same time. These are moments we are reminded of the significant nature of the cosmos, and how forever fascinating it is, only whether one remembers to observe. Solar eclipses was once associated with ominous occurrences and superstitions as a result of how intimidating the disappearance of the sun would be, in the midst of the day.

Whether you can’t get enough of solar eclipses and wish to marvel at more pictures like the ones NASA uploaded, this collection of images of Thursday’s solar eclipse from across the world is certain to leave you stunned. See them here.

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