A Ring of Light flashed into view Sunday in parts of the Eastern hemisphere as the Moon drifted across the face of the Sun in a rare eclipse on the longest day of the year.
The path of the eclipse spanned East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Most locations saw only a partial eclipse, with just a few witnessing the true “ring of fire”.
Unlike in a total eclipse, the Moon in an annular, or ring-like, eclipse is unable to completely cover the Sun, leaving a thin halo of light at its maximum phase.
Such an eclipse happens when the Moon is farther away in its elliptical orbit around the Earth, appearing smaller is the result.
Solar eclipses on the Summer Solstice are rare. The last 1 was in June 2001.
But a “ring of fire” eclipse that falls exactly in mid-Summer whether in the northern or southern hemisphere is even more uncommon.
There have been none in at least 100 yrs, according to NASA data.
Have a healthy weekend, Keep the Faith!