Last update: June 1st, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a stunning satellite photo taken during the annular eclipse this past Sunday.
As we reported, the annular eclipse, also known as a “ring of fire” eclipse, occurred in the southern hemisphere starting in Chile and Argentina. The skies dimmed as the moon passed in front of the sun, but remained too far from the Earth completely block the light. The circular shape of the moon leaves the sun’s edges exposed, looking like a fiery ring.
Only the southern regions of South America and Africa (along with a portion of Antarctica) enjoyed the annular eclipse, but surrounding regions of the two continents still got to see a partial eclipse.
While partial solar eclipses happen a couple times each year, total eclipses are incredibly rare, and annular eclipses are rarer still.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Source: NASA Earth Observatory