Rare partial solar eclipse dazzled in the sky Thursday morning

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Did you save your eclipse glasses from the solar eclipse of 2017? If you brought them back out, you probably saw the partial solar eclipse early Thursday morning since it wasn’t visible to the naked eye.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes in between the Earth and the Sun, blocking a portion or all (total) of the Sun. We did not see a total eclipse early Thursday morning.

Watch the entire partial eclipse below:

12 News spoke to one Charlestown man who has special binoculars he used back from the full eclipse in 2017.

“In 2017, I actually went to St. Louis to see the total solar eclipse and I bought these solar binoculars that have filters on the end that block out 99.9% of the light because you should never look at the sun directly, but this way with these, you can watch and get real up close to the solar eclipse,” Philip Grand said.

Another woman had a homemade welders glass lens from 2017, and another family had glasses they used when they flew to Nebraska for the day back then as well.

“My husband’s a teacher at the school. A science teacher so the two of us are just big geeks and we just went for it,” Melissa Crawford, of Narragansett, said.

Here in Southern New England, we saw see about 72% of the Sun obscured by the Moon, while parts of Canada saw 80 to 90% of an eclipse.

Percent of eclipse across the Northeast United States and eastern Canada

It happened right at sunrise, which is at 5:10 a.m. these days — some of the earliest sunrises of the year here in Rhode Island.

In fact, the eclipse was already underway as the sun rose.

Through the first half hour after the sun came up, the moon blocked more and more of the sun, peaking at 72.3% eclipsed around 5:32 a.m.

Peek eclipse at 5:32 AM EDT

After 5:32 a.m., more and more of the Sun became visible, until 6:31 a.m., when the eclipse ended.

If you took a picture or video of the eclipse, we want to see them — they also may be shown on air or in our online gallery! Make sure to use #SolarEclipse2021 in the subject line.

Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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