An annular solar eclipse took place on Thursday, December 26, and as a result of the natural phenomenon that aligns Earth, Moon and Sun, a "ring of fire" could be seen in the sky. The event was appreciated by residents of Asia, Africa and Australia, but was invisible to Brazil.
Residents of the countries: India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sumatra and Qatar were able to follow the eclipse completely, while other places in the above regions (Africa, Australia and Asia) had a partial vision.
Check out below amazing images and videos of the solar eclipse:
Eclipse in Bangkok / REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tun
Eclipse in Indonesia / REUTERS / Willy Kurniawan
Eclipse in Singapore / REUTERS / Tim Chong
Eclipse in Abu Dhabi / Photos: REUTERS / Christopher Pike
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Why did the ring of fire appear in the sky?
Annular solar eclipse is a slightly different phenomenon from the total solar eclipse we are all used to. In the case of the annular phenomenon, the earth, moon and sun align in space, causing the moon to "cover" the sun relative to the earth. But because of the great distance between the stars, the moon cannot completely cover the sun in space, thus leaving the sun's "edges" around its circumference. This is why a circle of fire is formed in the sky.
In the total solar eclipse, the distance between the stars is shorter, causing the moon to cover every visible area of the sun. The next annular solar eclipse takes place on June 21, 2020, but will not be visible to residents of Brazil. Here, we can only follow the phenomenon on January 26, 2028.