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The 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Looked Like This

People in the eastern hemisphere saw the sun 85% covered by the moon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2020 3:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Stargazers in Africa, Asia, and parts of the Middle East looked to the skies this weekend to witness a partial solar eclipse, the AP reports. It was known as a "ring of fire" because the moon covered most, but not all, of the sun. It started at at 11:45pm EDT Saturday and went until 5:34am EDT Sunday. Millions from Dubai to Taiwan to Japan to India watched the solar spectacle. In Dubai, people could see over 85% of the sun covered by moon, with photographers taking stunning photos of the eclipse over the iconic Burj Khalifa building. It was a sight that will not be possible in the country for another 14 years, according to Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Astronomy Group Hasan al-Hariri.

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Al-Hariri said while the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had halted their plans for a gathering to see the rare phenomena, the group has turned to the internet to help people observe the partial eclipse, providing a live feed of the moon as it passes between the earth and the sun. "An eclipse is kind of a rare event. It usually happens two times in a year, but it differs from location to location so it's not fixed in one location. Now we were fortunate to have it, the one which was in December last year and this one, and then we will have one similar to this after 14 years." The observatory also sold solar eclipse glasses to the public to observe the eclipse safely. An overcast sky didn't deter enthusiasts in India with the partial eclipse also visible in the New Delhi sky.

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