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The early bird catches the solar eclipse.

New Yorkers were pounding the pavement a little earlier than usual on Thursday morning as they took to the streets to spot the first solar eclipse of 2021 — a “ring of fire” eclipse that was like a blazing halo in the dawn sky.

Also called an “annular” eclipse — from the Latin root “anulus” meaning “ring” — the phenomenon occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth’s line of sight towards the Sun. As the moon’s orbit is currently at one of its furthest points away from Earth, its passing has caused what appears as a black void in the middle of our solar system’s star — rather than the more familiar total solar eclipse.

Whereas some parts of the globe were treated to the full spectacle, the northeastern US region was audience to a partial eclipse, with the moon obscuring nearly three-quarters of the sun.

Some in New York took to rooftops and terraces to get the best views of the horizon, normally obscured by high-rises. The Amateur Observers’ Society of New York landed their own private prime viewing station on the 92nd floor of Midtown’s One Vanderbilt, at their Summit observatory — ahead of the official public opening of the 1,050-foot-high perch.

Meanwhile, some paid a whopping $115 for an epic seat at the Empire State Buildings 86th floor observation deck, The Post reported.

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