‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Plunges Africa and Asia into Darkness

Via the Telegraph:

The spectacle, visible in a roughly 185-mile band running 8,060 miles across the globe, set a record for the longest annular eclipse that will remain unbeaten for more than a thousand years.

An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun but does not completely obscure it, thus leaving a ring — an annulus — of sunlight flaring around the lunar disk.

The moon’s shadow first struck the south-western tip of Chad and western Central African Republic at 5.14 GMT and then reached Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia before racing across India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China.

Local media in the affected areas issued warnings about the dangers of looking directly at the sun, but fascinated onlookers thronged streets to witness the celestial phenomenon.

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  • http://drewt333.blogspot.com/ drewt333

    They must've made some sort of 'deal with the Devil' as well.

  • tonyviner

    I guess I missed it, I always miss the good stuff.

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