People in West Africa, the Middle East, and Asia were treated to a stunning view of a solar eclipse on Sunday, June 21.
Otherwise known as ‘the ring of fire’, the annular eclipse is one in which the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, creating an image of a sliver of light. This occurs when the moon is too far away from the earth to hide the sun completely, therefore a thin ring of light surrounds the moon.
This type of eclipse happens only once every one or two years and can only be seen in very few parts of the world, which collectively is known as the centreline.
According to BBC, the eclipse lasted for approximately one and a half minutes.
Here are some amazing images of the eclipse taking place:
On June 21, a number of Russian regions could witness partial #solareclipse. In 2020 this astronomical event coincided with the summer solstice.
Notably, the ring solar eclipse started at 04:48 UTC in Central Africa with the longest phase visible in the Himalayas for 38 seconds pic.twitter.com/94XsID6SHo
— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) June 21, 2020
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) June 21, 2020
Some pictures of “Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse”. Dt. 22 June 2020. pic.twitter.com/8Wh54927Oi
— Chinmay Pohane (@chinmay_pohane) June 21, 2020
An incredible video of the #SolarEclipse2020, shot by me today!
Notice how clear the ring is! My childhood science textbook has come alive. 😀💫 pic.twitter.com/O8MhDUWDAr
— Charu Pragya (@CharuPragya) June 21, 2020
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 21, 2020
Solar Eclipse 2020
Shot with #GalaxyS20Ultra
— Nelson and His Planet (@nelsonplanet_) June 21, 2020
— Dikshit Mundra (@MundraDikshit) June 21, 2020
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– THE RINGS OF FIYYAHH🔥 – #307 ASTRO PHOTO OF THE DAY featuring @atishaman, @shutterbugsona, & @avipatel2014 – — – CATEGORY: SINGLE – – >>@atishaman: Location: Kurukshetra, Haryana Equipment used – Nikon d810a with explore scientific 102ar refractor. 3rd contact during annular solar eclipse. Crimson coloured Chromosphere and Bailey's beads can be seen. This is shot without a solar filter – – >>@shutterbugsona: Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand If you look closely, you will be able to see a star as well – – >>@avipatel2014: Location: Suratgarh, Rajasthan – – @the.astronomy.daily @spacedotcom @skyandtelescopemag @twanight @universetoday @astronomy.magazine #solar #solareclipse #solareclipse2020 #ringoffire #annularsolareclipse #baileysbeads #breakingdawn #constellations #eclipse #eclipseseason #astrophotography #astrophotographyindia #moon #internationalspacestation #iss #nasa #esa #satellite #luna #europianspaceagency #hubble #telescope #space #astrophotography #astrophysics #elonmusk #instagood #mood #nightsky #photography
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