A spectacle in the sky: some Earthlings observed a perfect ‘ring of fire’

People in West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India, and parts of China were able to observe a circular solar eclipse. The perfect ring around the Moon was visible over India and lasted only 38 seconds. Observations have been curtailed in some places due to the covid-19 pandemic.

A circular eclipse occurs when the Sun and the Moon are in the same line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than the size of the Sun and therefore does not completely cover it. The sun therefore appears as a very bright ring or ring that surrounds the dark moon.

A circular solar eclipse occurs every year or two and is visible in a very narrow band of our planet. This eclipse was first seen in northeastern Congo at 5.56 local time (6.56 Central European Time), just minutes after sunrise. It lasted a minute and 22 seconds. It was further observed in parts of the Arabian Peninsula, northern India and southern Asia, and ended up in the Pacific Ocean.

The peak of the eclipse with a full ring around the Moon was over the city of Uttarakhand in India near the Sino-Indian border at 12.10 local time (8.40 Central European Time). It lasted only 38 seconds.

2020-07-03T15:49:51+01:00 BLOG|