A recent NASA photograph captures a moment when millions of Americans paused to observe.

outside the sun, obviously taking the necessary safety measures to shield their eyes. 

On October 14, there was an annular solar eclipse, and Americans were directly in the path of it.

Just as the moon was going to cross in front of the sun, NASA published this photograph of Earth.

The moon's shadow was seen across North America at this exact moment, which is also referred to as an annular solar eclipse.

The Deep Space Climate Observatory is a cooperative NASA, NOAA, and U.S. Air Force satellite that is home to NASA's EPIC imager.

About 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, or halfway between the sun and the planet, is where NASA claims the photo was taken. 

The moon appears smaller in the sky than it actually is in this image, according to NASA, which shows the moon at or near its furthest distance from Earth.

Because it can produce a "sliver of sun in the shape of a ring" for those who are in the right spot at the right time, the annular eclipse is frequently referred to as the "ring of fire."

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According to NASA, the eclipse in October 2023 started in Oregon at 9:13 p.m. PDT and moved southeast. 

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The next planned event in the United States is set for June 21, 2039; but, on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse is expected to "darken skies" from Texas to Maine, according to NASA.