Rare “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse captured in spectacular photos from around the world
Avid sky watchers around the world were greeted with a spectacularThursday morning – and they took the opportunity to document it. Millions of people around the world marveled at the sight, which appeared as a glowing “ring of fire” in the night sky.
Astrophotographers have pulled out all the stops to capture stunning images of the celestial phenomenon that has been fully visible in parts of Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean and Siberia, and partly in the rest of northeast North America, Greenland, northern Europe and northern Asia.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun and completely blocks sunlight. During an annular solar eclipse, the moon does not completely cover the sun as it passes, so some sunlight remains visible.
Since the moon appears smaller under these circumstances, it cannot completely block out the sun and form a so-called “ring of fire” or “ring of light”.
This was only one of two solar eclipses that year. A total solar eclipse will be visible on December 4th.