stunned around the world Thursday morning.
In a cloudy New York City, the partial eclipse peeked from behind gray, puffy clouds as residents commuted to work.
Images from social media showed the eclipse, and .
Elsewhere, the annular eclipse could be seen fully as the passed between the and the , partially obscuring the star from view and leaving its outer ring exposed.
While thewas visible to residents of certain parts of Canada, Greenland and northern Russia, much of the Great White North, parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, northern Africa, the eastern U.S. and northern Alaska were able to see the partial eclipse.
It appeared as if the moon had taken a “bite” of the sun: obscuring just a portion of the hot ball of glowing gases.
U.S. viewers looked to the eastern horizon to observe the eclipse, and NASAthat the use of special eclipse glasses would be necessary to avoid the threat of blindness.
The first solar eclipse of 2021, the event was anticipated to last for around an hour and 40 minutes,.
or location not permitting, interested parties could watch the celestial spectacle on or sites like the Italy-based .
The next and final solar eclipse of the year will, with totality only visible from Antarctica and southern Africa.
The next total solar eclipse visible from the U.S. will be on Apr. 8, 2024.