A Rare Solar Eclipse
A rare “ring-shaped” solar eclipse occurred on 21 June, which coincided with the day of the summer solstice. Residents of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and most of Asia could observe this unique event. From southeast Europe to north Australia, the circular eclipse was only partially visible. The solar eclipse began at 06:45 and lasted until 12:34.
A circular eclipse, also known as a ‘ring of fire’, occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, leaving only a bezel of light around a dark disc.
The next time these two astronomical events will be seen together on the same day in 2039.
Read about rare events in our article about double rainbow