People from across the Asia gathered to witness the final solar eclipse of the decade, got treated to a “ring of fire” eclipse on Thursday.
The eclipse was visible from the Middle East to Pakistan and Singapore, where people bundled up in a large number to watch the natural phenomena unfold. Observers labeled the phenomena as the ‘ring of fire’.
Annular eclipses occur when the Moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the Sun, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible.
While these types of eclipses occur every year or two, they are only visible from a narrow band of Earth each time and it can be decades before the same pattern is repeated. Depending on weather conditions, this year’s astronomical phenomenon was set to be visible from the Middle East across southern India and Southeast Asia before ending over the northern Pacific.
The amateur astronomers and observers across Asia set up their stations using special filtered telescopes and spectacles.
People were keen to witness the eclipse calling it a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. The next annual eclipse in June 2020 will be visible to a narrow band from Africa to northern Asia.