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Watch: 'Ring of fire' eclipse over Tokyo
A photographer in Japan captures the rare annular solar eclipse on film.
Mon, May 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Millions of people enjoyed this weekend's annular solar eclipse
, in which the moon briefly blocked out about 94 percent of the sun — leaving only a glowing "Ring of Fire" around its outer edge. But since this phenomenon was limited to a narrow path from eastern Asia to western North America, most people on Earth didn't get to see it.
Thankfully, some of those who did see it had cameras with them, including a photographer in Tokyo who captured this high-definition video:
For more about this rare eclipse, check out these photos
from various parts of the U.S.
Don't feel bad if you missed it this weekend; another Ring of Fire eclipse will be visible on Oct. 14, 2023. And in the meantime, there's an even rarer cosmic spectacle coming up next month: the transit of Venus
, in which our planetary neighbor will pass directly between the Earth and the sun, while also crossing Earth's orbital plane. After June 5, that won't happen again for 105 years.
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