The first of the twofor 2020, the sun was transformed into a glowing “ring of fire” on Sunday. The people along a narrow strip of the world, across parts of Africa and Asia, were the lucky few who got the chance to see the rare “annular” eclipse firsthand.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is too far from Earth to completely hide the sun, leaving a ring of sun around the moon. This is how these types of eclipses get their poetic nickname “ring of fire”.
The complete annular eclipse was visible from parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia throughout Sunday. Northern India experienced an almost complete eclipse, with 99.4% of the sun blocked during the peak.
We have collected some of the best filtered images on the web below. We will keep this piece up to date with some of the best we find.
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Indian journalist Pankaj Jain captured this epic photo.
The annularity occurred shortly after noon local time in Sirsa, India. This capture, taken from Time and Date’s YouTube feed, shows a ghostly, orange ring surrounding the shaded moon.
The cloudy skies across the regions of India created striking visions.
Of course, everything was not clear …
It will not be the only eclipse of the year. A total solar eclipse is scheduled for December 14 for viewers in certain regions of South America.
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