The western hemisphere received a well-deserved Christmas gift as their day ended with the annual solar eclipse; views of which can only be described as truly marvellous. The eclipse which occurs annually has been nicknamed “ring of fire” for the marvellous aesthetic appeal it offers to spectators. The eclipse occurs as the moon passes over the sun creating an effect where a spectacular blazing ring appears in the sky. Unfortunately though, this wonder could not be witnessed in most part of the Americas but the Middle East got very clear views of the eclipse.
“The eclipse, known as an annular solar eclipse, began in Saudi Arabia, with the moon passing in front of the sun, but not completely covering the star's face. Instead, it left a brilliant ring, or annulus, that gave it a "ring of fire" effect. It was the last solar eclipse of 2019, indeed, of the decade.Even astronauts in space marvelled at the view. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Himawari 8 weather satellite captured a dazzling video of the moon's shadow moving across Earth,” according to news report by popular space reporting site, Space.com
Many people on earth witnessed the sight through protective glasses whilst many news agencies released time-lapse videos of the eclipse.