The annular solar eclipse, observed in the United States for the first time in seven years, was meticulously captured using the camera features of Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. Although the location was not perfectly aligned for a total eclipse, the gradual obscuration of the sun by the moon was beautifully captured.

Photo: The annular solar eclipse, observed in the United States for the first time in seven years, was meticulously captured with the camera features of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra/ Instagram

On June 9th, a post titled “Annular Solar Eclipse Captured with the 100x Zoom of Galaxy S21 Ultra” was shared in an online community. This post included numerous pictures of the eclipse, seemingly taken in the United States. The photos beautifully depicted the process of the sun gradually being obscured by the moon.

The eclipse started from the bottom right of the sun and culminated in a crescent-like shape, with the sun not being completely obscured. The user remarked, “I shot it in New York. I attached UV-blocking glasses to my phone. Disappointed it was not a total eclipse.”

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, equipped with the ‘Space Zoom’ feature, allows subjects to be magnified up to 100 times. The ‘Zoom Lock’ feature ensures sharp image quality even at high magnifications. Samsung Electronics has also shared images of the moon’s surface captured in detail after the launch of the Galaxy S21 Ultra through its official YouTube channel.

The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute released photos of the annular solar eclipse, which occurred on June 8th (local time) and passed over the North American continent. Millions of people flocked to the viewing areas to witness this rare celestial event.

The annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, completely obscuring the latter, was seen over a wider area and for a more extended period than the previous one in 2017. NASA stated that the width of the path for viewing this eclipse ranged from 108 to 122 miles, nearly double the 62 to 71 miles during the 2017 event.

The eclipse started in Mexico and passed diagonally northeast through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. It was also observed in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. The duration varied by location, with the longest visibility in Mexico at 4 minutes 28 seconds, and in Texas at 4 minutes 26 seconds.

Approximately 32 million people live within the eclipse viewing area in the United States, and it is estimated that about 5 million people traveled to see it. According to the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, the next annular solar eclipse visible from the Korean Peninsula will be on September 2, 2035.