‘Ring of flame ’ solar eclipse fascinates skywatchers in Africa, Asia

Arcing eastward across Africa and Asia, it reached “maximum eclipse” — with an excellent solar circle around the Moon — over Uttarakhand, India near the Sino-Indian boundary at 12:10 local time (0640 GMT).


Further spectacle, but limited long-lived: the same alignment of the Earth, Moon, and Sun was apparent for only 38 seconds.


With-it Nairobi, East Africa, viewers saw only a discriminatory eclipse as fogs halted the sky for several seconds at the exact juncture the Moon should have almost protected the Sun.


Despite some dissatisfaction, Susan Murbana told AFP: “It was very sensational because I think I’m so gripped with eclipses.


“Today has been very considerate to us in times of the clouds. And we’ve been able to see most of it,” said Murbana who set up the Travelling Telescope academic strategy with her husband Chu.


Devoid the coronavirus epidemic, they would have overseen a trip to Lake Magadi in southern Kenya where the skies are normally clearer than over the capital.


“With the pandemic situation, we’re not able to have crowds… and get kids to look through or do junk,” she said but still organized to share the event on social media.


“We had around 50 civilization enlisting us via Zoom and then we have so many people via our Facebook live.”


The annular eclipse is noticeable from barely about two percent of Earth’s surface, Florent Delefie, an astronomer at the Paris Observatory, told AFP.


“It’s a fraction like switching from a 500-watt to a 30-watt lamp bulb,” he added. “It’s a cold lamp and you don’t see as well.”


Varmints can get spooked — birds will occasionally go back to sleep, and cows will return to the warehouse.


The entire eclipse was noticeable at consecutive locations over a period of nearly four hours, and one of the last places to see the partially invisible Sun was Taiwan.


Civilization hundreds of kilometers (miles) on either side of the centreline across 14 nations could also see light trench from the day but not the “ring of fire”.


Temperature conditions are significant for viewing.


A solar eclipse constantly arises about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse, when the Moon motions into Earth’s shadow. Lunar eclipses are noticeable from about companion of the Earth’s soil.


There will be a more solar eclipse in 2020 on December 14 over South America. Because the Moon will be a little closer to Earth, it will block out the Sun’s flash totally.