The last annular solar eclipse of the decade thrilled us as millions of people gathered around to watch the celestial phenomenon.
All of us were treated with three solar eclipses in 2019, and the final one sent us the best one yet, with the 'Ring of Fire. On Thursday, part of the eastern hemisphere was treated to the only annular solar eclipse of the year, which happens when the moon passes in front of the sun at a distance that doesn't quite cover the entire solar disc, in turn, it creates the eye of Sauron effect.
Tomorrow's event Dec. 26, 2019— astronaut (@_astronauttt) December 25, 2019
New moon & Annular Solar Eclipse pic.twitter.com/799Kao18Wh
The Annular Solar Eclipse began in Saudi Arabia and it was both the last solar eclipse of 2019 and of this decade too. As reported by Space, photographer Alexander Krivenyshev of WorldTimeZone.com said, "This morning's annular eclipse was during sunrise, with some sand dust by the horizon. [A] beautiful, really beautiful, classic 'Ring of Fire' above Saudi Arabia."
Even in space, astronauts watched as the moon's shadow crept across the surface of the Earth. NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir wrote in a Twitter post from the International Space Station, "Here's what today's annular solar eclipse (when the Moon is in line in between Earth and the Sun) looked like from @Space_Station. We saw the shadow of the Moon on the Earth below, just above the horizon (central gray area above the horizon)."
Here’s what today’s annular solar #eclipse (when the Moon is in line in between Earth and the Sun) looked like from @Space_Station. We saw the shadow of the #Moon on the #Earth below, just above the horizon (central gray area above horizon). #SolarEclipse2019 #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/Q944ZzfFEF— Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica) December 26, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Himawari 8 weather satellite also captured an amazing video of the moon's shadow moving across Earth and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shared the video on Twitter, both of which looks absolutely mesmerizing.
Some of the best shots captured the ring of fire forming in the morning hours over the Middle East and southern Asia. One of the best shots of the event was captured from Dubai by photographer Kertu Saarits. Take a look below.
The formation of the ring was also caught from Saudi Arabia and the clouds in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia added to the dramatic effect of the event. In Delhi, shadows were seen dancing on the wall during the eclipse.
The solar eclipse began at 9:23 p.m. Dec. 25 EST (0223 Dec. 26 GMT) as a partial solar eclipse, then reached its first "ring of fire" at 10:34 p.m. EST (0334 GMT) in Saudi Arabia.
The 'ring of fire' had a visibility of 88 miles(142 km) that moved across Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Singapore, Borneo, the Philippines and the U.S. territory of Guam. Here is how it looked from different parts of the world.
Solar eclipse on 26 Dec 2019 from 7:00 am to 10:15 am, Watching the sun can cause permanent Blindness— Farrukh Shahzad Chauhan (@FarrukhFL) December 25, 2019
Share this as much as u can! pic.twitter.com/5by7Kpc50a
The next solar eclipse will occur on June 21, 2020, and will also be a "ring of fire" solar eclipse and it will be visible from parts of Africa, southeastern Europe, and Asia, with the "ring of fire" effect visible primarily from central Africa, South Asia, China, and the Pacific Ocean, as reported by scientist Fred Espenak. But you don't have to wait until June for the next eclipse.
On Jan. 10, there will be a minor penumbral lunar eclipse, in which the moon passes through the outer region of Earth's shadow and will be visible from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Apart from the annular solar eclipse of June 21, there will be a total solar eclipse on Dec. 14, 2020 as well.
i brought out my long camera lens and my dslr to help you guys see it better— pistol & rosé (@syahmifdzl) December 26, 2019
partial solar eclipse 🌞🌚 seen at it’s peak time 1:14pm (MYT) from Kuala Lumpur pic.twitter.com/1PDB12jUTE