Rare solar eclipse creates incredible ‘ring of fire’ around the moon

22 June 2020, 12:55 | Updated: 22 June 2020, 14:15

A rare annular solar eclipse coincided with this year's summer solstice
A rare annular solar eclipse coincided with this year's summer solstice. Picture: Getty

By Sian Hamer

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...

The partially obscured sun captured in New Delhi during yesterday's rare annular solar eclipse
The partially obscured sun captured in New Delhi during yesterday's rare annular solar eclipse. Picture: Getty
In China, a bird sits in front of the solar eclipse which coincided with this year's summer solstice
In China, a bird sits in front of the solar eclipse which coincided with this year's summer solstice. Picture: Getty
The annular solar eclipse as seen in Jaipur yesterday
The annular solar eclipse as seen in Jaipur yesterday. Picture: Getty