Stargazers in Africa were in for a treat as the “ring of fire” eclipse or annular eclipse put on a spectacular show last Thursday.
During an annular eclipse, the moon does not completely block out the sun but is framed by a reddish sunlight around the edges which is different from a total solar eclipse wherein the moon completely blocks the sun’s light.
According to Space.com
, the ring of fire eclipse started after 2AM ED and ended at 8AM.
The rare event was visible
in Tanzania, Republic of Congo, Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Mozambique. Stargazers in southern Tanzania were the luckiest since they were able to witness the longest eclipse.
Some areas were able to see the eclipse for just 3 minutes while for others, they get to view a partial eclipse.
You can view the annular eclipse livestream
from the Slooh Community Observatory in Canary Islands.
Paul Cox, an astronomer with Slooh, said, “We’re in for one heck of a ride as we follow the moon’s shadow as it races across the surface of the Earth at over 2,000 mph.”
As mentioned, the ring of fire eclipse is really rare and there will only be 3 more happening this decade. The next annular eclipse will happen on Feb. 26, 2017 and will be witnessed in eastern South Africa.
Additionally, a total solar eclipse will be witnessed in the United States on Aug.21, 2017