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Ring of Fire': Millions Gather for Stunning Solar Eclipse

(Photo: NASA)

A rare solar eclipse swept the Earth Sunday, starting in Asia and making its way across the Pacific to the United States.

According to NASA, it's the first to be visible in the States in nearly 18 years-- and it'll be ten more years before we see another one.

But on a more personal level, Fox reports:

For one night, millions of eyes look up to the 'Ring of Fire.' Millions around the world are set to watch the annular solar eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, which will be visible to wide areas across Asia Monday morning, parts of the western United States and even some parts of Mexico will catch a glimpse.[...]Scientists cautioned would-be viewers everywhere to be very careful because the sun's damaging rays will remain powerful even during the annular solar eclipse. The advice: Either wear specially designed protective eyewear or attend a viewing event — at a planetarium or amateur astronomy club, for example — to avoid risk of serious eye injury.

The view over Taipei (Photo: AP)

 

The event is so popular, apparently, that cable cars ran people up to the mountains extra early for an unobstructed view in Japan, while Taiwan's astrological museum opened at dawn.

 

 

While this particular event isn't quite as dramatic as a "total" eclipse, where the sun is entirely blocked out by the moon, it certainly provides for better pictures.  The most intriguing picture, in many regards, is the photo NASA took of the actual eclipse beginning in outer space.

 

 

Though, the view of the eclipse high above a Tokyo Ferris wheel undeniably has its own aesthetic appeal:

 

Topping it all off, here is a remarkable time-lapse video of the event shot by a California science teacher (via Gizmodo):

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