In pictures: Rare solar eclipse casts a shadow on the Asia of the summer solstice

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The eclipse was seen by skywatchers in parts of Asia – such as this woman in Bangkok


Skywatchers in certain parts of West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, South Asia, southern China and Taiwan have been treated to a spectacular solar eclipse.

The photographers took photos of the annular eclipse – also known as a ring of fire where the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, leaving just a thin ring of light visible.

This eclipse coincided with the summer solstice – the northern hemisphere is the longest day of the year.

Annular eclipses occur every year or two and are only visible on a narrow strip of our planet, known under the name of the longitudinal axis. This eclipse lasted a little less than 90 seconds, to its point of maximum duration.

People hundreds of kilometres away from the longitudinal axis of not seeing the real eclipse, but they did see the light drain from the day.

According to astronomers, watching the eclipse is the equivalent of switching from a 500W bulb 30W light bulb.

Here are some of the best photos.

Guangzhou, China

Eclipse seen from Guangzhou, China

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Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

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Chiayi, Taiwan

Chiayi, Taiwan

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Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

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Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

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