Partial annular solar eclipse seen in our region
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A partial annular eclipse of the sun passed through our region early Thursday morning, and our crews captured it on camera in South Burlington.
An annular eclipse means the moon is casting a shadow on Earth as it is passing in front of the sun. The word annular comes from Latin to mean “ring,” referring to the ring the sun is creating. It happens when there is a new moon, and the sun, Earth and moon are in a straight or nearly straight line.
Just after 5:30 a.m., Vermont got a pretty good look. It lasted until about 6:30 a.m. and it eclipsed about 77% of the sun.
The next annular eclipse will be in 2023, but that will be more directly visible in the more southwestern part of the country.
Click the video below to see our interview with the Vermont Astronomical Society during the eclipse.
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