11 breathtaking photos that will *not* melt your retinas

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Sunday, June 21, the Sun, the moon and the Earth are aligned in a rare event. The annual solar eclipse took place one day after the celebrated the summer solstice, and was visible to those lucky enough to be able to witness in Central Africa, the Southern Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, Northern India, and Southern Central China.A partial eclipse was also visible in most of Asia, Africa, South and east of Europe, the North of Australia and the Pacific regions and the Indian ocean.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is just in the middle between the Sun and the Earth in its orbit, blocking the light from our host star. The light of the Sun appears as a sensation of “ring of fire” from behind the shadow of the Moon.

for those of us not lucky enough to have attended in person, we can still observe this rare event in stunning photos taken by astronomers around the world.

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The time of the total eclipse of the sun as seen from China, with the Sun low “ring of fire” that appears behind the shadow cast on it by the Moon.

A partial eclipse was visible from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as can be seen shimmering behind the shadow of the city the famous skyscraper Burj Khalifa.

In a time span of the image of the total eclipse of the sun captured from Xiamen, China.

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The evolution of the solar eclipse, which lasted nearly four hours, as the Moon slowly covers the light of the Sun.

A view of the solar eclipse, captured by astronaut Chris Cassidy on the International Space Station, which flies about 250 miles above the Earth.

Another view of the solar eclipse from space, this time showing the Moon’s shadow spreading across the Earth as captured by Japan’s Himawari satellite.

The “ring of fire” shines in this image of the solar eclipse as seen from Taiwan, Asia.

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A partial solar eclipse could also be seen from Nairobi, Kenya.

An amateur photographer captures this point of view, of the eclipse of the sun over Kolkata.

Another view of the solar eclipse as it progressed over the course of the day, captured above the sky in Surat, India.

Sky gazers in India, captured these stunning images of the solar eclipse.

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