Some Canadians, especially those who live in the northern hemisphere, have had the opportunity to see a partial view of an annular solar 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. Two weeks ago, residents of Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg were able to spot a lunar eclipse.
There are three main types of solar eclipses: total, partial and annular. During a total eclipse, the entire disk of the sun is covered by the moon. A partial eclipse is where the moon appears to be swaying through part of the sun.
An annular eclipse, however, occurs when the moon is a little further from Earth in its orbit and covers everything except the outer edge of the sun, creating what some call a “ring of fire.”
The annular portion of the eclipse was visible in northern Ontario at sunrise, across Hudson Bay, and in northern Quebec and the Arctic.
Additional options were available for early risers who did not have good visuals in their areas. The Virtual Telescope Project followed the eclipse online. For those who wanted to take pictures, safety tips were made available at Sky & Telescope.