Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Watch: Asia marvels at 'ring of fire' solar eclipse

People along a swath of southern Asia gazed at the sky in marvel on Thursday as a “ring of fire” solar eclipse unfolded.

 

The so-called annular eclipse, in which a thin outer ring of the sun remains visible, could be seen along a path stretching from India and Pakistan to Thailand and Indonesia.

Authorities in Indonesia provided telescopes and hundreds of special glasses to protect viewers' eyes.

Thousands of people gazed at the sky and cheered and clapped as the sun transformed into a dark orb for more than two minutes, briefly plunging the sky into darkness.

Hundreds of others prayed at nearby mosques.

The previous annular solar eclipse in February 2017 was also visible over a slice of Indonesia.

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