‘Ring of Fire Eclipse’: Australians Get Rare Nighttime Sight

    A child (L) watches a partial solar eclipse with a woman at the Sydney Observatory on May 10, 2013. Star-gazers were treated to an annular solar eclipse in remote areas of Australia with the Moon crossing in front of the Sun and blotting out much of its light. The annular eclipse, a phenomenal which occurs when the Moon is so close to the Earth that is cannot completely cover the Sun when it passes between it, was seen across a band across northern Australia, while places such as Sydney saw a partial eclipse. (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    People in Northern Australia were in for a rare treat on May 9: a solar eclipse in which the moon covers most of the sun, but leaves a thin disc of light called a ring of fire.

    A ring of fire eclipse occurs when the moon is farther from the earth than usual, making it unable to entirely obstruct the sun. 

    “It was my first time I had seen an annular eclipse. I thought it was spectacular. I was actually amazed at how beautiful it was,” Geoff Sims told AFP, after taking photos of the eclipse from a remote spot in Western Australia.

    The eclipse could be seen from Tuesday to Friday in an area lying across Australia, eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Gilbert Islands, according to Russia Today.



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