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

May 10, 2013 5:45 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:20 pm

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.