Crowds watch annular eclipse throughout N.H.

  • As the Mount Washinton Observatory summit staff tracked the partial solar eclipse this morning, summer intern AJ Mastrangelo captured this spectacular shot as the partially occluded sun rose beside Mount Blue. Mount Washington ObservatoryMount Washington Observatory—Courtesy

  • The June 10, 2021, annular eclipse as seen through a solar telescope at Hampton Beach. Courtesy of Denise Pouliot

  • An annular eclipse was seen at sunrise over Plymouth Harbor Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Plymouth, Mass. John Tlumacki / Boston Globe via AP

Monitor columnist
Published: 6/10/2021 4:58:37 PM

Hundreds of people showed up along New Hampshire’s ocean coastline before sunrise Thursday to see a “ring of fire” annular eclipse.

Members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Association set up a solar telescope, with filters allowed safe viewing of the sun, near the Hampton Beach clamshell as early as 3:15 a.m.

“Quite a few people showed up to take a look, which was amazing considering the hour,” wrote Larry LaForge in a note to the group.

Despite a low bank of clouds that obscured the immediate sunrise as well as a vehicle collision in the crowded parking lot, viewing of the eclipse continued, LaForge wrote.

“The sun finally come out from behind the clouds. So there we were trying to observe the eclipse, while the police, fire department and the EMT’s were dealing with the accident, ten feet from us.”

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between the sun and the Earth. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon is far enough away from us that it doesn’t quite cover the entire sun. It creates a “ring of fire” for those directly underneath the shadow and “devil’s horns” for those farther away. The shadow of this eclipse passed through the Midwest so New Hampshire got only a partial view, but for about an hour after sunrise it could be seen from any place with a good view to the east.

Pictures were posted online from throughout the state.

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