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Watch: 2021's first solar eclipse, the 'ring of fire'

For a few hours on Thursday morning, the sun was almost completely covered by the moon, causing a solar eclipse. 

The so-called ring of fire is caused when the silhouette of the moon is surrounded by a ring of sunlight. Thursday's ring of fire started after sunrise north of Lake Superior and began crossing remote regions of Canada, on its way into Greenland and the Arctic Ocean before going over the North Pole, The New York Times reported

Several news organizations and social media users, including some in Washington, D.C., New York City and other locations along the East Coast, were able to catch a glimpse of the somewhat rare astronomical event. 

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The next eclipse is expected to come Oct. 14, 2023, and will sweep from Oregon to Texas in a 125-mile path that will continue to the Yucatán Peninsula and South America, according to the American Astronomical Society.