‘Ring of fire’ visible through clouds over Iqaluit
Nunavut and Nunavik were the best spots to see Thursday’s solar eclipse, according to experts
As a science and astronomy buff, Iqaluit resident Ryan Girvin didn’t let a little bit of cloud cover prevent him from seeing the “ring of fire” solar eclipse on display in the northern sky Thursday morning.
“This was really up my alley — a solar eclipse. It was a good chance to see one again,” said Girvin, who last saw a total eclipse of the sun when he was just a child, about 35 years ago.
Astronomy experts considered Nunavut and Nunavik to be prime locations to see the rare sight known as an annular eclipse because, at its height, a ring of sunlight surrounds the moon instead of the moon completely blocking out the sun. The effect is known as the ring of fire.
Girvin said he and his wife Carola Flores Galvez nearly slept through the celestial display because they knew the weather forecast called for cloudy skies, but at the last minute decided to go outside to check it out.
They got out of bed at 5:15 a.m., hoping to see the eclipse. When they looked out the window and saw how cloudy it was, they went back to bed.
But at 5:45, they gave it a second chance and went outside, hoping for a break in the cloud coverage.
The eclipse peaked around 6:06 a.m. ET, depending on the location.
“It would have been nice if it had been a clear day. We saw a bit of it,” he said.
Girvin wasn’t alone.
A small crowd of people with serious camera equipment mounted on tripods had assembled on the hill behind his and his wife’s home as well.
“Given that it was overcast, I was hoping to see what I could. Obviously, a blue sky would have been better.”
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