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The last solar eclipse of the decade re-ignites us with the famous phenomenon of the “ring of fire”

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Jiya Saini
Jiya Saini is a Journalist and Writer at Revyuh.com. She has been working with us since January 2018. After studying at Jamia Millia University, she is fascinated by smart lifestyle and smart living. She covers technology, games, sports and smart living, as well as good experience in press relations. She is also a freelance trainer for macOS and iOS, and In the past, she has worked with various online news magazines in India and Singapore. Email: jiya (at) revyuh (dot) com

Yesterday, there was an annular eclipse of the sun, a phenomenon that occurs when the Moon passes in front of the Sun and stands between our star and our planet.

The special thing about this eclipse is precisely the moment when it occurs: it is the last eclipse of the decade, and also the only annular eclipse we have had this year. That the Moon is “inside” the Sun makes that ring of fire effect leave amazing images.

A different eclipse

The eclipse has been visible especially in Asia, with crowds gathering to be able to see it in countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India or Saudi Arabia. In this video you can see how that particular ring of fire was visible from Singapore (point 1:16:30 of that follow-up):

In total eclipses of the sun, the Moon completely covers the Sun and leaves only the particular halo or corona) of the solar atmosphere. However in annular eclipses of the sun like this, when the moon does not fully cover the Sun, the Moon is near the heyday (the furthest point from the centre of Earth’s orbit) and its angular diameter is smaller than the solar one.

This causes this special phenomenon, which, by the way, will be repeated on June 10, 2021, as soon as next year. As in the latter case, it will be visible especially in the eastern hemisphere.

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