Rare solar eclipse creates incredible ‘ring of fire’ around the moon
22 June 2020, 12:55 | Updated: 22 June 2020, 14:15
Experience yesterday’s annular solar eclipse through these mesmerising photographs...
Summer solstice 2020 coincided with another exciting earthly event: a rare annular solar eclipse.
The astronomical episode occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, but is too far away from our planet to completely block out the sunlight.
The result is a sci-fi worthy “ring of fire” – a remarkable, glowing halo of sunlight around the darkened moon (anyone else suddenly have Thus Spake Zarathustra playing in their head?).
Only 12 countries could observe the natural phenomenon first-hand, so we’ve collected some of the most captivating pictures of the event.
Listening to Strauss while you scroll is optional...
This isn't some postmodernist art at the Phoenix Art Museum. ;-) It's the annular phase of the solar eclipse, as the shadow of the Moon passed over southern Taiwan this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/UqEonFIhA1— Yi-Zen Chu (@Yi_Zen_Chu) June 21, 2020
LOOK: The partial solar eclipse as seen from Batangas City as of 4 pm. Photo by Elliot Andal pic.twitter.com/eJeMcW6h81— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 21, 2020