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Skywatchers Enthralled by 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse

Annular solar eclipse was visible in southern Asia, but not North America
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2019 7:55 AM CST
'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Enthralls Asia
An annular solar eclipse is seen through safety glass from Siak, Riau province, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.   (AP Photo/Rifka Majjid)

(Newser) – The skies put on a dazzling show Thursday, though you had to be in the right part of the world to see it live. An annular solar eclipse—known as a "ring of fire" because the moon covers the sun's center but not its edges—could be seen in nations including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Saudi Arabia, reports the BBC. "How amazing," declared a resident in Bande Aceh province in Indonesia, where authorities provided telescopes and safety glasses, per the AP. The next "ring of fire" won't arrive until June 2020, notes CNN. (Read more solar eclipse stories.)

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