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Chasing rare “Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse in Africa and Asia

09:37 | 22/06/2020

Astronomy lovers in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, India, and southern China grasped moments of the most magnificent “Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse in years this Sunday.

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Among four kinds of solar eclipse namely annular, total, partial, and hybrid, the annular solar eclipse may be considered as the most exciting one. It happens when the Moon is farthest away from Earth in its orbit, and therefore it does not quite cover the sun’s disk completely, according to the Science Alert. Annular eclipses occur every year or two, and can only be seen from certain regions across the planet.

chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
Sunday’s annular eclipse coincides with the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice when Earth’s north pole is tilted most directly toward the sun. Photograph: Ferdinand Cabrera/AFP via Getty Images

Amazingly, the eclipse on Sunday emerged on the northern hemisphere’s longest day of the year, the summer solstice, when Earth’s north pole is tilted most directly toward the sun, according to the Guardian. “The annular eclipse is visible from about 2% of the Earth’s surface,” Florent Delefie, an astronomer and the Paris Observatory, said. “It’s a bit like switching from a 500-watt to a 30-watt light bulb.”

chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
This combination of pictures created on June 21, 2020, shows the moon moving in front of the sun during an annular solar eclipse (Image credit: Jewel Samad, Manjunath Kiran, Sanjay Kanojia, Dibyangshu Sarkar, Sajjad Hussain/AFP)

On June 21, beginning in the Central African Republic, the eclipse would be visible in Congo, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and India, before crossing into China in Tibet, traversing Sichuan, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces, concluding in Taiwan and the southwest Pacific Ocean, informed the Nanjinger. In Vietnam, people only can see the partial solar eclipse.

chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia

Even if the day has darkened, looking at a solar eclipse with the naked eye is dangerous [Martin Bernetti/AFP]

Even if the day has darkened, looking directly at a solar eclipse with naked eyes is dangerous. Sunglasses, which do not filter out ultraviolet rays, do not offer any protection, Delefie said. “The sun is so bright that even when there’s only a tiny portion visible, it is still dangerous for the eyes,” he said.

As revealed by the Space, the eclipse will appear twice in 2020. The next total eclipse will be visible throughout South America on December 15. However, until 10 June 2021, astronomy lovers around the world have chances to see the annular solar eclipse again.

chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
People observe the annular solar eclipse with special goggles in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 21, 2020. (Image credit: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
The moon moves in front of the sun during an annular solar eclipse as seen through clouds from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2020. (Image credit: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images)
chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia

People watch an annular solar eclipse in Banda Aceh in Indonesia on June 21, 2020. (Image credit: Riska Munawarah/AFP via Getty Images)

chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
The partial solar eclipse in Nairobi, Kenya Photo: Reuters
chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
The solar eclipse at a Clifton beach in Karachi, Pakistan Photo: Reuters
chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia

The solar eclipse in Gandhinagar, India Photo: Reuters

In Vietnam, the moments of airplanes in front of the crescent of a solar eclipse were also captured that have astounded the netizens so far.

The natural phenomenon occurred on Sunday afternoon in Hanoi and lasted for around 2 hours. Photos were taken by Tien Tuan from To Quoc Newspaper capturing the scenes of airplanes taking off from Noi Bai International Airport and flying through the eclipse.

chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
Photo by Tien Tuan/ To Quoc
chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
Photo by Tien Tuan/ To Quoc
chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
Photo by Tien Tuan/ To Quoc
chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
Photo by Tien Tuan/ To Quoc
chasing rare ring of fire annular solar eclipse in africa and asia
Photo by Tien Tuan/ To Quoc
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