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‘Ring of fire’ eclipse awes people…and lemurs

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2012

Skywatchers from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon enjoyed a treat: the moon nearly blotting out the sun to create a dramatic “ring of fire” over a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the western United States.

The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible in Asia early Monday. It then moved across the Pacific and was seen in parts of the western United States Sunday afternoon.

In Japan, “eclipse tours” were arranged at schools and parks, on pleasure boats and even private airplanes. Similar events were held in China and Taiwan as well, with skywatchers warned to protect their eyes.

In the US, viewing parties were held at observatories in Reno, Nevada, and Oakland, California, and elsewhere. Members of the crowd smiled and cheered and children yelled with excitement as the moon crossed the sun and the blazing halo of light began to form.

AFP Photo/Stan Honda
AFP Photo/Stan Honda

Some watched the eclipse by placing their viewing glasses on the front of their smartphones. And once the eclipse began, Twitter and Instagram exploded with mentions and photographs of the event.

Eventually, the moon centered and covered about 96 per cent of the sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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