Partial solar eclipse in Falkirk part of lunar spectacular

Many people across the world grabbed their eclipse glasses to see the solar eclipse today.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 5:36 pm
Partial solar eclipse over Falkirk today. (Pic: Michael Gillen)

It is an annular eclipse where the sun is obscured by a shadow of the moon.

This occurs when the sun, moon and Earth are aligned.

This alignment coincided with a new moon which indicates when the Moon is closest to the ecliptic plane- the imaginary path containing Earth's orbit around the sun.

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The eclipse caused the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon dubbed as the "ring of fire".

However, observers in the UK and Ireland saw a crescent sun instead of a ring, as this will be a partial eclipse.

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