'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse

People in northern Australia were treated to a rare sight on May 9, a 'ring of fire' eclipse which sees the moon block the sun, but leaving a ring of light exposed making it appear as if a ring of fire is hovering in the sky.
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'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse: The Science of Today's Strange Celestial Event

Annularity, the Moon is too small to cover the entire Sun’s disk so a ring or “annulus” of bright sunlight surrounds the Moon. This image was taken on May 20, 2012 from the Grand Canyon

'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse: The Science of Today's Strange Celestial Event

The first solar eclipse of 2013 occurs at the Moon's descending node in eastern Ares. An annular eclipse will be visible from Australia, eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Gilbert Islands.

'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse Today: How to Watch Live

Skywatcher Joel Dykstra sent this photo of the solar eclipse taken on May 20, 2012. He writes: "Here are some eclipse pictures I took from my backyard in Roswell, NM with a Pentax K100 D digital SLR and some older manual telephoto lenses. I did

This Week's 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse: What You Need to Know

Geoff Horner snapped this photo of the May 20, 2012 annular solar eclipse from Utah's Zion National Park. It was taken with a Nikon D90, using a 300mm lens with 11-stop ND filter.

This Week's 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse: What You Need to Know

The moon blots out the sun in an annular solar eclipse as seen from the base camp of Mt. Fuji in Japan on May 20, 2012 in this still from a webcast by Panasonic Eclipse Live from Fujiyama by Solar Power, which broadcast the event live online.

This Week's 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse: What You Need to Know

The annular eclipse of the sun by the moon, as it will appear from Cooktown, Queensland, Australia on the morning of May 10, 2013 at 8:49 a.m. local time.

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