Many photographers managed to capture the gorgeous 'Ring of Fire' in all its glory.
On June 21, people from many parts of the world witnessed the annular phase of this rare solstice solar eclipse. It was especially visible in parts of Africa and Asia. According to Science Alert, the annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon is farthest away from Earth in its orbit, and hence looks much smaller in our skies when compared to the Sun. This leaves the Moon to partially cover the Sun, but since it can't possibly happen due to the size, a beautiful and rare 'Ring Of Fire' is visible in the skies.
Alex Young, the associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center told CNN, "Annular eclipses are similar to total eclipses in that the moon, Earth and sun are aligned so that the moon moves directly in front of the Sun as viewed from Earth."
He added: "But a total eclipse does not happen, that is the moon does not completely block out the visible disk of the sun because the moon is farther away and so its apparent size in the sky is [slightly] smaller than the sun. This means that a tiny ring of annulus of the solar disk is visible around the moon."
Did you know there will be an annular solar eclipse on Sunday on the first day of summer, which is also Father's Day?! In annular solar eclipses, the Moon isn't at the right distance from Earth to completely block the Sun, leaving what is called a 'ring of fire' around its edge. pic.twitter.com/9ppnJnlMxb— Life Science Centre (@scienceatlife) June 18, 2020
Provided the weather was clear, Young said that the eclipse was visible over South Central China, Central Africa, the Southern Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, and Northern India. Meanwhile, a partial eclipse was visible in South and East Europe, Northern Australia, and parts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Young also added that Solar eclipses usually occur two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse. And this was evident when the last lunar eclipse took place on June 5 while the next one will take place on July 5.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, many eclipse lovers couldn't travel to find the best spots to capture the eclipse in all its glory. However, some of them managed to take incredible shots of the celestial event and shared their photos on social media. Here are some of the best photos that we have come across.