Rare annular solar eclipse wows spectators across Asia

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Professional and amateur photographers, astronomy enthusiasts from different countries turned their lenses up to watch the rare annular solar eclipse this year.

In the Philippines, spectators flocked the University of the Philippines Astronomical Observatory in Diliman to have a glimpse of the eclipse.

Despite the cloudy skies, viewers enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“It was interesting,” said Sabrina Gacad, an astronomy enthusiast.

Christina Soriano tagged her children to the viewing deck to personally experience the eclipse.

“Para makita din nila na nangyayari talaga ang solar eclipse (For them to witness the phenomenon that solar eclipse really does happen),” she explained.

The last time the Philippines was able to view an annular solar eclipse was in 1944.

It is a phenomenon when the moon covers the sun’s center leaving the outer edges of the sun visible, thus it is called annulus or the ‘ring of fire.’

In Asia, it was viewed this year in Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

In the Middle East, it was best viewed in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates, even in the Northern Marianas Islands and Guam.

The next annular solar eclipse will happen 44 years after in 2063. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Here are some of the images that the netizens captured of the annular solar eclipse:

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