Photo of the spectacular solar eclipse “Ring of Fire”

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Observers along the strip from West Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed the “ring of fire” solar eclipse on Sunday.

So-called annular eclipses occur when the Moon passing between the Earth and the Sun is not close enough to our planet to completely obscure the sunlight, leaving the thin ring of the solar disk visible.

Sunday’s eclipse occurred on the longest day of the Northern Hemisphere of the year – the summer solstice – when the North Pole is most inclined towards the Sun.

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse, when the moon moves into the shadow of the earth. Lunar eclipses are visible from about half the surface of the Earth.

On July 5, a lunar eclipse is expected with a better view of the Americas, southern Europe and Africa.

On December 14, 2020, a second solar eclipse will occur over South America. Since the Moon will be a little closer to the Earth, it will completely block sunlight.

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