VIDEO: 'Ring of fire' solar eclipse lights up the sky in parts of US

Here's when you may be able to see the next eclipse.


A "ring of fire" solar eclipse appeared in the sky Thursday as the moon partially blocked out the sun.


It was visible in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and people around the world captured the celestial show — the first of two solar eclipses this year — with some stunning images.

According to NASA, in the U.S., "the partial eclipse will be visible along parts of the Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, and in Northern Alaska."

A solar eclipse happens when the moon crosses between the sun and the Earth, which blocks a portion of the sun's rays, according to NASA.

This eclipse is an annular eclipse, meaning the moon is far enough away from the Earth that it appears smaller than the sun.

When the moon crosses paths with the fiery star, it will look smaller than the sun, leaving room for bright light to glow around the edges. This is called "the ring of fire" and was expected to be visible to some people in Greenland, northern Russia and Canada, NASA said.

Video above: See partial solar eclipse views from New Hampshire

Other countries in the Northern Hemisphere, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, were able to see a partial eclipse, which is where the moon only covers a portion of the sun. A fingernail-shaped shadow covered a different percentage of the sun, depending on your location.

The eclipse began its sweep in Canada north of the Great Lakes, crossed northeastern Canada into the Arctic Ocean, passed over the North Pole, and was expected to end in northeastern Siberia, according to the UK's Royal Astronomical Society. The partial eclipse is expected to be visible until about 9:11 a.m. ET.

If you're unable to see the eclipse, NASA and The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming live views.

Video: Partial solar eclipse from NASA TV

Solar and lunar eclipses

After the solar eclipse on June 10, the next opportunity to see an eclipse won't come until Nov. 19. This partial eclipse of the moon can be viewed by skywatchers in North America and Hawaii between 1 a.m. ET and 7:06 a.m. ET.

And the year will end with a total eclipse of the sun on Dec. 4. It won't be visible in North America, but those in the Falkland Islands, the southern tip of Africa, Antarctica and southeastern Australia will be able to spot it.

Video above: Glimpse through the clouds of annular eclipse over Louisville

Meteor showers

The Delta Aquariids are best seen from the southern tropics and will peak between July 28 and 29, when the moon is 74% full.

Interestingly, another meteor shower peaks on the same night — the Alpha Capricornids. This is a much weaker shower, but it has been known to produce some bright fireballs during its peak. The Carpicornids will be visible for everyone no matter which side of the equator you are on.

The Perseid meteor shower, the most popular of the year, will peak between Aug. 11 and 12 in the Northern Hemisphere, when the moon is only 13% full.

Here is the meteor shower schedule for the rest of the year, according to EarthSky's meteor shower outlook.

Oct. 8: Draconids

Oct. 21: Orionids

Nov. 4 to 5: South Taurids

Nov.11 to 12: North Taurids

Nov. 17: Leonids

Dec. 13 to 14: Geminids

Dec. 22: Ursids