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Solar eclipse watchers celebrate Reunion 'ring of fire'

Solar eclipse watchers celebrate Reunion 'ring of fire'
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A solar eclipse delighted astronomy fans on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Thursday (September 1), drawing sky watchers outside to watch the moon pass before the sun to make a so-called “ring of fire”.

Some 3,000 people gathered on the southwestern side of the French-governed island to see the “annular solar eclipse” – the moment when the moon blots out most of the sun to create the appearance of a bright ring around its edges.

Wearing protective glasses, residents and tourists watched and took pictures of the astronomical phenomenon for several hours.

“It helps me to understand the universe a bit better… I’ve been here for three years, and I’m discovering a lot of things because you’re at a mystical area of the planet,” said sky watcher Gilles Degras.