On December 26, 2019, the moon crossed in a dazzling “ring of fire” solar eclipse. Millions of people around the world in the Eastern Hemisphere and the astronauts in space marveled at the view. This so-called annular solar eclipse began in Saudi Arabia. The moon has passed in front of the sun, but it didn’t cover the sun’s face completely. It left annulus, giving it a “ring of fire” effect. It was the last solar eclipse of the decade.
“The eclipse was during sunrise with sand dust by the horizon. It was a fantastic experience to watch this beautiful ‘Ring of Fire’ above Saudi Arabia.”, said the photographer of WorldTimeZone.com Alexander Krivenyushev.
Astronauts in space had the opportunity to observe the moon’s shade crept across the Earth’s surface.
“We could see the shadow of the moon above the horizon,” wrote on Tweeter the astronaut Jessica Meir 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 horizon). #SolarEclipse2019 #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/Q944ZzfFEF
— Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica) December 26, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Himawari 8 weather satellite captured the moon’s shadow as well. The video was shared on Tweeter by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
When the new moon passes between the Earth and the sun, then a solar eclipse occurs. It can be partial or total eclipse as viewed from the Earth. This alignment does not happen every month because the moon’s orbit has a tilt. If the moon is too far from the Earth, this position results in an annular eclipse like the one that happened two days ago.
The eclipse began as a partial solar eclipse on December 25, at 9:23 p.m. The first “ring of fire” was at 10:34 p.m. in Saudi Arabia. Then it moved across Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, India, Still Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo, the Philippines, the territory of Guam in the U.S.
Check the following photos of the eclipse taken by the spectators around the world.
— Balaji Duraisamy (@balajidtweets) December 26, 2019
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) December 26, 2019
— Chowkidar Lalit Chaudhari (@chaudhari_lalit) December 26, 2019
The solar eclipse that occurred on Thursday was the last of three in 2019. On January 6, a partial eclipse occurred, and then on July 8 was the total solar eclipse.
Since 2010 there were 24 solar eclipses.
The next “ring of fire” solar eclipse will occur on June 21, 2020. It can be visible from southern Europe and Asia and parts of Africa. According to eclipse scientist Fred Espenk, spectators from the Pacific Ocean, China, and South Asia will have the chance to enjoy the “ring of fire” effect.
On January 10, the moon will pass through the outer region of Earth’s shadow, and there will be a minor penumbral lunar eclipse. So don’t miss that. Observers from Australia, Africa, Asia, and Europe get ready.
We expect four lunar eclipses in the next year, and all of them will be penumbral. Be ready for the next total solar eclipse that will occur on December 14, 2020.
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Image Credits – Shutterstock (licensed by IBMN):
1) The moon covers the sun in a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse as seen Dhaka on December 26, 2019/by Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury
2) Scientific background – abstract illustration of full solar eclipse/by IgorZh