Rare Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse on the Longest Day of the Year

CHIAYI, Taiwan—A shimmering ring of light flashed into view on Sunday in parts of the eastern hemisphere as the moon drifted across the face of the sun in a rare eclipse on the longest day of the year.

The path of the eclipse spanned East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Most locations saw only a partial eclipse, with just a handful witnessing the true “ring of fire.”

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A photo shows a partial solar eclipse observed in Amman, Jordan, on June 21, 2020. (Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

Unlike in a total eclipse, the moon in an annular, or ring-like, eclipse is unable to completely cover the sun, leaving a thin halo of light at its maximum phase.

Such an eclipse happens when the moon is farther away in its elliptical orbit around the Earth, appearing smaller as a result.

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People wear special protective glasses as they observe a partial solar eclipse from Yeruham, southern Israel, on June 21, 2020. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)

Hundreds of skywatchers gathered in an open space in Chiayi in southern Taiwan, one of the locations in Asia where the annular eclipse was visible.

“Im more than 50 years old, so its great that I could see this,” said retiree Zhuang Yuhui, 56, who travelled Read More – Source