Rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse: Stunning photos from around the world

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Photographer Kristen M Caldon captured this annular eclipse of the sun sequence in the Grand Canyon National Park in 2012. Kristen M. Caldon/NPS/Grand Canyon National Park

The first of the two solar eclipses 2020 turned the sun into a glowing ” ring of fire “, the Sunday. The persons located along a narrow band in the world, in some regions of Africa and Asia, have been the lucky few who have had the chance to see the rare “annular” eclipse first-hand.

An annular eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon is too far from Earth to completely obscure the sun, leaving a ring of sunlight around the moon. It is the way in which these types of eclipses obtain their poetic “ring of fire” nickname.

The full annular eclipse was visible from parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia through Sunday. Northern India has experienced a near-full eclipse, with 99.4% of the sun blocked during the peak period.

We have gathered for you the best images filtering across the web below. We’ll keep this piece updated with some of the best we find.

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, to find a few beautiful images from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, as a launch pad for NASA astronauts over the past nine years.

Indian journalist Pankaj Jain has caught this epic snap-in.

Annularity, which was passed around not long after noon, local time in Sirsa, India. This capture, from the Time and Date YouTube streams, shows a ghostly, orange ring surrounding the shadow of the moon.

It is the ring of fire.

The time and Date YouTube

A cloudy sky, in certain parts of India has made striking visions.

Of course, this was not all clear skies…

This will not be the only eclipse of the year. A total eclipse of sun is on tap for Dec. 14 for viewers in parts of South America.



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