Spectacular solar eclipses

Skygazers across the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling "ring of fire."

The moon begins to cross in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Sydney, Friday, May 10, 2013. At remote outposts across Australia, scientists and spectators gathered to watch as the eclipse castes its approximately 200-kilometer-wide (120-mile-wide) shadow at dawn over Western Australia, before moving east through the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland state.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
The moon begins to cross in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Sydney, Friday, May 10, 2013. At remote outposts across Australia, scientists and spectators gathered to watch as the eclipse castes its approximately 200-kilometer-wide (120-mile-wide) shadow at dawn over Western Australia, before moving east through the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland state.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
The moon begins to cross in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Sydney, Friday, May 10, 2013. At remote outposts across Australia, scientists and spectators gathered to watch as the eclipse castes its approximately 200-kilometer-wide (120-mile-wide) shadow at dawn over Western Australia, before moving east through the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland state.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse seen through an iron cross on a church in Sydney, Friday, May 10, 2013. At remote outposts across Australia, scientists and spectators gathered to watch as the eclipse castes its approximately 200-kilometer-wide (120-mile-wide) shadow at dawn over Western Australia, before moving east through the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland state.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse seen through an iron cross on a church in Sydney, Friday, May 10, 2013. At remote outposts across Australia, scientists and spectators gathered to watch as the eclipse castes its approximately 200-kilometer-wide (120-mile-wide) shadow at dawn over Western Australia, before moving east through the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland state.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse seen through an iron cross on a church in Sydney, Friday, May 10, 2013. At remote outposts across Australia, scientists and spectators gathered to watch as the eclipse castes its approximately 200-kilometer-wide (120-mile-wide) shadow at dawn over Western Australia, before moving east through the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland state.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Some of the first views of the annular solar eclipse on May 10, 2013 came in from a webcast hosted by the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.
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Some of the first views of the annular solar eclipse on May 10, 2013 came in from a webcast hosted by the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.
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
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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
An annular solar eclipse is seen in the sky over Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. The annular solar eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent Monday morning. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
An annular solar eclipse is seen in the sky over Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. The annular solar eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent Monday morning. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
An annular solar eclipse is seen in the sky over Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. The annular solar eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent Monday morning. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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.
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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.
The moon begins to partially block the sun as the sun sets at 8:02 p.m. silhouetting a crane just west of downtown Houston during a rare solar eclipse known as the "ring of fire" Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Houston. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
The moon begins to partially block the sun as the sun sets at 8:02 p.m. silhouetting a crane just west of downtown Houston during a rare solar eclipse known as the "ring of fire" Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Houston. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
The moon begins to partially block the sun as the sun sets at 8:02 p.m. silhouetting a crane just west of downtown Houston during a rare solar eclipse known as the "ring of fire" Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Houston. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
The annular solar eclipse is seen as the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains from downtown Denver late on Sunday, May 20, 2012. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun, was visible across Asia as well as the southwest part of the United States. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The annular solar eclipse is seen as the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains from downtown Denver late on Sunday, May 20, 2012. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun, was visible across Asia as well as the southwest part of the United States. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The annular solar eclipse is seen as the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains from downtown Denver late on Sunday, May 20, 2012. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun, was visible across Asia as well as the southwest part of the United States. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The European Space Agency's Proba-2 space weather satellite observed the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012. The event was used to assess the intensity of stormy "active regions" across the sun's face and to check the performance of Proba-2'
Satellites Snap Solar Eclipse Pictures From Space
The European Space Agency's Proba-2 space weather satellite observed the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012. The event was used to assess the intensity of stormy "active regions" across the sun's face and to check the performance of Proba-2'
This image, taken by the sun-watching Hinode satellite, was taken two minutes after the start of the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012.
Satellites Snap Solar Eclipse Pictures From Space
This image, taken by the sun-watching Hinode satellite, was taken two minutes after the start of the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012.
This image taken by the Hinode satellite shows the annular solar eclipse at its maximum on May 20, 2012.
Satellites Snap Solar Eclipse Pictures From Space
This image taken by the Hinode satellite shows the annular solar eclipse at its maximum on May 20, 2012.
BEIJING - JANUARY 15: The moon begins to obstruct the view of the sun from earth during a soloar eclipse at the Tian'anmen Square on January 15, 2010 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. The eclipse, which first became visible in Tamil Nadu city of Kanyakumari, is predicted to be the longest of its kind for the next 1000 years. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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BEIJING - JANUARY 15: The moon begins to obstruct the view of the sun from earth during a soloar eclipse at the Tian'anmen Square on January 15, 2010 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. The eclipse, which first became visible in Tamil Nadu city of Kanyakumari, is predicted to be the longest of its kind for the next 1000 years. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
An aircraft flies past a solar eclipse in Bangkok January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of the sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during its maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that passes half of the earth, according to NASA. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT SCI TECH TRANSPORT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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An aircraft flies past a solar eclipse in Bangkok January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of the sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during its maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that passes half of the earth, according to NASA. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT SCI TECH TRANSPORT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The solar eclipse is seen over the Tamsui River, northern Taiwan, January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of the sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during its maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that passes half of the earth, according to NASA. QUALITY FROM SOURCE REUTERS/Stringer (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) TAIWAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN TAIWAN
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The solar eclipse is seen over the Tamsui River, northern Taiwan, January 15, 2010. The annular eclipse of the sun, which will last for over 11 minutes during its maximum duration, will be visible from a 300-km wide track that passes half of the earth, according to NASA. QUALITY FROM SOURCE REUTERS/Stringer (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) TAIWAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN TAIWAN
An unidentified employee of the Stefanik Observatory in Prague uses a projection shield to show the partial solar eclipse visible in the Czech capital during the morning on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. The partial eclipse started over the Czech Republic at about 08:00 CET and will last until 10:50. In the culminating phase, up to 80 percent of the solar disc was obscured by the silhouette of the moon passing between it and the earth. (AP Photo/CTK, Michal Kamaryt) Slovakia Out
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An unidentified employee of the Stefanik Observatory in Prague uses a projection shield to show the partial solar eclipse visible in the Czech capital during the morning on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. The partial eclipse started over the Czech Republic at about 08:00 CET and will last until 10:50. In the culminating phase, up to 80 percent of the solar disc was obscured by the silhouette of the moon passing between it and the earth. (AP Photo/CTK, Michal Kamaryt) Slovakia Out
ATHENS - MARCH 29: A total solar eclipse is seen on March 29, 2006 above Athens, Greece. In an annular or total eclipse, the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth and completely blocking the sun. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/ Getty Images)
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ATHENS - MARCH 29: A total solar eclipse is seen on March 29, 2006 above Athens, Greece. In an annular or total eclipse, the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth and completely blocking the sun. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/ Getty Images)
Two men sit on a bridge to watch an annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, January 15, 2010. The longest, ring-like solar eclipse of the millennium started on Friday, with astronomers saying the Maldives was the best place to view the phenomenon that will not happen again for over 1,000 years. REUTERS/Donald Chan (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
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Two men sit on a bridge to watch an annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, January 15, 2010. The longest, ring-like solar eclipse of the millennium started on Friday, with astronomers saying the Maldives was the best place to view the phenomenon that will not happen again for over 1,000 years. REUTERS/Donald Chan (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
A man watches a partial solar eclipse through a filter in Galyateto, some 100 km (62 miles) east of Budapest, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo (HUNGARY - Tags: ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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A man watches a partial solar eclipse through a filter in Galyateto, some 100 km (62 miles) east of Budapest, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo (HUNGARY - Tags: ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
GIVATAYIM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 04: (ISRAEL OUT) The view of a partial solar eclipse in the sky on January 4, 2011 in the town of Givatayim, Israel. Over parts of Europe it could be seen as much as two-thirds of the sun slipped from view behind the moon. An event like this hasn't occurred in the area since August 1999, and the next eclipse won't be until March 2015. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
Israelis View Partial Solar Eclipse
GIVATAYIM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 04: (ISRAEL OUT) The view of a partial solar eclipse in the sky on January 4, 2011 in the town of Givatayim, Israel. Over parts of Europe it could be seen as much as two-thirds of the sun slipped from view behind the moon. An event like this hasn't occurred in the area since August 1999, and the next eclipse won't be until March 2015. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TOKYO - JULY 22: In this handout image provided by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and transmitted with the help of NICT and JAXA, the solar eclipse is seen on July 22, 2009 in Iwojima Island, Tokyo, Japan. The longest total eclipse of the sun of this century triggered tourist fever in Asia as astronomy enthusiasts from home and abroad flocked to watch the event The eclipse was visible from within a narrow corridor that begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. (Photo by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan via Getty Images)
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TOKYO - JULY 22: In this handout image provided by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and transmitted with the help of NICT and JAXA, the solar eclipse is seen on July 22, 2009 in Iwojima Island, Tokyo, Japan. The longest total eclipse of the sun of this century triggered tourist fever in Asia as astronomy enthusiasts from home and abroad flocked to watch the event The eclipse was visible from within a narrow corridor that begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. (Photo by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan via Getty Images)

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