The Last Solar Eclipse of the Decade

Yesterday, December 26, 2919, was the last solar eclipse of the decade. I found out from Dr. Mumbi Seraki and figured I’d do some more research. The following information comes from Space.com.

Known as an annular solar eclipse, this eclipse began in Saudi Arabia. The moon passed in front of the sun, not completely covering it, but instead leaving a ring (annulus) that gave it a “ring of fire effect.” Photographer Alexander Krivenyshev advised the following:

“It was an amazing experience. This morning’s annular eclipse was during sunrise, with some sand dust by the horizon. [A] beautiful, really beautiful, classic ‘Ring of Fire’ above Saudi Arabia.”

Solar eclipses occur when the new moon passes between the sun and the Earth. Since the moon’s orbit has a tilt, this alignment doesn’t occur every month; sometimes the moon is too far from Earth in its orbit to cover the sun, resulting in an annual eclipse.

This eclipse began at 9:23 p.m. Dec. 25 EST as a partial solar eclipse, then reached its first “ring of fire” at 10:34 p.m. EST in Saudi Arabia. The “ring of fire” then moved across Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Singapore, Borneo, the Philippines and the U.S. territory of Guam. June 21, 2020, is when the next eclipse is set to occur.

You can check out the full article as well as pictures and videos by clicking here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…

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