A partial solar eclipse wowed stargazers in Asia, Africa and parts of the Middle East this weekend.
The event is known as a ‘ring of fire’ because most of the sun was covered by the moon.
Millions of people, from China to the UAE, and India to Japan watched the solar spectacle. In Dubai, those watching the event could see the moon covering over 85% of the sun, with photographers taking stunning photos of the eclipse over the Burj Khalifa building.
The event will not be seen again in the Emirate for another 14 years, according to chief executive officer of Dubai Astronomy Group Hasan al-Hariri. He said that while the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had halted their plans for a gathering to see the rare phenomena, the group has turned to the internet to help people observe the partial eclipse, providing a live feed of the moon as it passes between the earth and the sun.
The UK did not see the event, which was only visible in 12 countries.
Mr al-Hariri explained: ‘An eclipse is kind of a rare event.
‘It usually happens two times in a year, but it differs from location to location so it’s not fixed in one location.’
He continued: ‘Now we were fortunate to have it, the one which was in December last year and this one, and then we will have one similar to this after 14 years.
‘So it’s kind of something a bit rare to observe.’
The observatory also sold solar eclipse glasses to the public to observe the eclipse safely.
An overcast sky did not deter enthusiasts in India with the partial eclipse also visible in the New Delhi sky.
The event started from around 9am in India and continued for more than three hours.
It was the last annual solar eclipse in the country this decade.
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