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An annular solar eclipse rises over the skyline of Toronto, Canada. Image Credit: AP

Cape Canaveral, Florida: The top of the world got a sunrise special Thursday - a "ring of fire" solar eclipse.

This so-called annular eclipse began at the Canadian province of Ontario, then swept across Greenland, the North Pole and finally Siberia, as the moon passed directly in front of the sun.

An annular eclipse occurs when a new moon is around its farthest point from us and appearing smaller, and so it doesn't completely blot out the sun when it's dead center.

The upper portions of North America, Europe and Asia enjoyed a partial eclipse, at least where the skies were clear. At those locations, the moon appeared to take a bite out of the sun.

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In this photo provided by NASA, a partial solar eclipse is seen as the sun rises to the left of the US Capitol in Washington. Image Credit: AP

It was the first eclipse of the sun visible from North America since August 2017, when a dramatic total solar eclipse crisscrossed the U.S. The next one is coming up in 2024.

A total lunar eclipse graced the skies two weeks ago.