NASA Releases Incredible Photos of This Weekend’s “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse Over the Capitol Building

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The “Ring of Fire” annular eclipse happened over the weekend, but unless you happened to be in a remote part of northern Canada or Greenland, you missed out on the full experience. But the good news is that even a partial solar eclipse is quite spectacular. If you aren't convinced by that, let NASA photographers Bill Ingalls and Aubrey Gemignani change your mind.

Both photographers stationed themselves on the East Coast to get a view of the partial eclipse and document it for the Space Agency. Early morning, each headed out—Ingalls to Arlington, Virginia, and Gemignani to Delaware—to capture their own unique perspective of the event by showing the eclipse in different environments. Ingalls' work shows the fiery Sun, turned into a crescent by the eclipse, hovering above the U.S. Capitol Building. Gemignani, however, took a more pulled back view and captured the event at Lewes Beach. The Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse anchors her images, with different shades of orange from the Sun reflecting on the water.

While Ingalls and Gemignani certainly captured the high-quality imagery we would expect from NASA, there were plenty of photographers who also woke up early in order to experience the solar eclipse. Searching #solareclipse2021 on Twitter will turn up all sorts of incredible photographs, and we've put together some of our favorites below.

Savor this moment, as this is the last annular solar eclipse until 2023. And though there's another regular solar eclipse set for December, it will only be visible in Antarctica.

NASA published stunning imagery from the June 2021 solar eclipse, which was partially visible on the East Coast.

2021 Partial Solar Eclipse

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Partial Solar Eclipse Over the Capitol Building

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Solar Eclipse Over Lighthouse in Delaware

Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

2021 Partial Solar Eclipse

Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Solar Eclipse Over Lighthouse in Delaware

Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Partial Solar Eclipse Over the Capitol Building

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Across Twitter, people have been sharing their own 2021 solar eclipse photos.

h/t: [designtaxi]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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