The last solar eclipse of the decade brought with it the day after Christmas an incredible “ring of fire.” Millions of people around the world marveled in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa at sight on Thursday.
When the moon crosses directly between Earth and the sun, a total solar eclipse occurs, completely blocking the light of the sun.
The moon does not completely cover the sun as it passes through an annular solar eclipse like this one, leaving a bright ring of sunlight around it.
According to NASA, only under specific conditions can an annular eclipse occur. The moon must be a new moon, which means it is in the first phase of the lunar.
It must also be on its elliptical orbit farther away from Earth, appearing smaller in the sky than it would normally be, this is how a “ring of fire” or “ring of light” is shaped.
Although this annular solar eclipse was not visible from North America, the event was captured by photographers elsewhere in the world.
Few breathtaking images of annular solar eclipse is below.
This composite picture shows the moon moving in front of the sun in a rare solar “ring of fire” as seen on December 26, 2019 from Tanjung Piai in Malaysia.
As seen from Tanjung Piai, Malaysia on December 26, 2019, the moon moves in front of the sun in a strange”ring of fire” solar eclipse.
As seen from Karachi on December 26, 2019, the moon covers the sun during a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse.
As seen from Balut Island, Saraggani province on the southern island of Mindanao on December 26, 2019, the moon moves in front of the sun in a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse.