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'Ring of fire' eclipse dazzles US and Asia

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'Ring of fire' eclipse dazzles US and Asia


It was the first time they had seen such a spectacle in the US for 18 years; the first time in Tokyo for more than 170.

Thousands of people in North America and parts of Asia turned out to take in the annular solar eclipse.

The moon blocks out more than 90 percent of the sun’s rays, creating what has been described as a “ring of fire” effect.

Eclipses happen every year but so-called annulars are much rarer, occurring when the moon’s orbit is at its furthest point from the Earth and closer to the sun.

The peak lasted about four minutes. The eclipse began over southern asia and then moved diagonally across the Pacific, passing over several western states in America before disappearing with the Texas sunset.

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