The longest day of the year is the rare 'Ring of Fire' eclipse



CHIYAI, Taiwan  Some parts of the Eastern Hemisphere will see a flickering light circle on Sunday, as the moon's glow to the face of the sun is exacerbated by a rare eclipse on the longest day of the year.

The path of the eclipse extends to East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Most places saw only a partial eclipse, with only a few witness "fire rings".

Unlike the total eclipse, like the moon in the horoscope or ring, the eclipse does not completely cover the sun, leaving a thin light at its peak.

Such an eclipse occurs when the moon moves away from the earth in its elliptical orbit, resulting in a smaller appearance.

Hundreds of skywatchers gathered in the open air at Chiayi, southern Taiwan, one of Asia's annual eclipse destinations.

“I am over 50 years old, so it was nice to be able to see,” said Zhuang Yuhui, a 56-year-old retiree who traveled from nearby Taichung City to Chiay.

"I'm excited."

In Taipei, crowds of people gathered to watch the eclipse by goggles and their phones turned to the sky.

Alyssa Chen said, "It's a celestial miracle".

Solar eclipses are rare in the summer. The last time was in June 2001.

But the eclipse of the "Ring of Fire" falls exactly in the middle - whether in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere - and is even more unusual.

According to Reuters calculations based on NASA data, there have been none in at least 100 years.

The next in 2039, then 2392.


Reporting by Ann Wang; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard and Ryan Wu; Editing by William Mallard

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