Crowds in Asia gather to see ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse

People take photos with their smartphones as they monitor the annular solar eclipse in Hofuf, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: Reuters)

Crowds in Asia gathered to watch an annular eclipse on Thursday. An annular eclipse is when the moon covers the center of the sun and leaves its edges illuminated, giving the appearance of a ring of fire.

The rare natural occurrence was observed in several countries including Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India.

Generally, there are two solar eclipses on Earth every year, and they happen only when the planet is completely or partially in the Moon’s shadow.

 

 

Many took to twitter to share their photos of 2019’s last eclipse.

 

The previous eclipse was in July this year and was only visible in South America. The next one will be on June 21, 2020.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56
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