The annular eclipse
was also visible in the Arctic and North Atlantic.
An annular eclipse
was visible in Iceland and Greenland on Saturday morning (31 May), while a partial eclipse was seen in other countries including Norway and Scotland.
In the Kenyan capital of Nairobi many residents gathered to watch this rare celestial phenomenon known as an annular eclipse
- because it does not completely black out the sun.
The central line of this annular eclipse runs mostly over water.
The path of this annular eclipse crosses Sumatra, then Malaysia between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and continues on between Celebes and Mindanao, north of New Guinea, to end in the southern Pacific Ocean.
I observed the May 10, 1994, annular eclipse
from the top of Monks Mound at prehistoric Cahokia in southwestern Illinois and sensed a reduction in the general light level when the eclipse was central, but it was not profound.
In the case of the April 2005 eclipse, its central path begins at sunrise as a short, 28-second annular eclipse
about 500 kilometers southeast of New Zealand (at 18:54 Universal Time).
Like other types of solar eclipses, annular eclipses
are spectacular but a potentially hazardous sky watching events.
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Thus the ring of the Sun will be thick and bright, as annular eclipses
Sometimes the Moon is too far to completely cover the Sun in the sky, and then viewers see a so-called annular eclipse
. In that instance, even though the Moon passes directly across the center of the Sun, a bright "annulus" (ring) remains visible around it.
Based on new calculations and accounting for the variations in Earth's rotation over time, the researchers concluded: "The only annular eclipse
visible from Canaan between 1500 and 1050 BC was on 30 October 1207 BC, in the afternoon."