Ring of Fire Eclipse: 2012
Maikos, or apprentice geishas, observe an annular solar eclipse with solar viewers at a shrine in Kyoto, western Japan, May 21, 2012. The sun and moon aligned over the Earth in a rare astronomical event - an annular eclipse that dimmed the skies over parts of Asia and North America, briefly turning the sun into a blazing ring of fire. (Yomiuri Shimbun/Reuters) #
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A partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila, May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as an eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western United States. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving a "ring of fire" visible.
n annular solar eclipse is partially seen at sunrise, May 21, 2012, from the coastal township of Gumaca, Quezon province, 187 kilometers (116 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. Millions of Asians watched as a rare "ring of fire" eclipse crossed their skies
A solar eclipse rises over the horizon in Xiamen in southeastern China's Fujian province, May 21, 2012. Millions of Asians watched as a rare "ring of fire" eclipse crossed their skies. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent.
Brendon Ladd of La Habra, Calif. leans over his daughter Mary Carson, 5, of Palm Springs, Calif. as she looks through a telescope during an eclipse viewing event held at The Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. The eclipse was visible as a partial eclipse in the Coachella Valley, but in other parts of the country it was visible as an annular eclipse creating a visual ring of fire around the moon. Palm Springs, Calif. astronomer Bob Victor said that for the Coachella Valley, this will be the bi
The moon slides across the sun, showing a blazing halo of light, during an annular solar eclipse at a waterfront park in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, May 21, 2012. Millions of Asians watched as a rare "ring of fire" eclipse crossed their skies early Monday. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
A composite of images of the first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 shows several stages, as the eclipse passes through annularity and the sun changes color as it approaches sunset, May 20, 2012 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. (David McNew/Getty Images) #