Lucky skywatchers in certain parts of the globe have today (June 21st) been treated to a dramatic solar eclipse.
It was first visible in the northeastern Republic of Congo from 5:56 local time (04:56 GMT) just a few minutes after sunrise.
Viewers are reminded that even if the day has turned cloudy, viewing a solar eclipse with the naked eye is unsafe. At approximately 10:59 am, the moon completely eclipses the sun. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometers wide.
Photographers take photos of the annular solar eclipse in Beijing.
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As a result, the Sun is not totally eclipsed, leaving a "ring of fire" around the edges.
It coincided with the day of Summer Solstice this year when the Northern Hemisphere sees the longest day and the shortest night of the year.
Both cities reported people mostly staying at home to avoid the harmful effects of looking directly at the eclipse.
The partial solar eclipse as seen from Yevpatoria, Crimea, on June 21, 2020. Live streaming will start soon.
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The UAE last witnessed a ring of fire solar eclipse in December past year.
Annual eclipses occur when the moon comes between the sun and Earth, this blocking out the light of the moon.
If you are in Pakistan and want to observe the solar eclipse; according to the information provided in the statement, the people living in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Sukkur, and Gwadar could witness the eclipse at various partial levels. Lunar eclipses are visible from about half of the Earth's surface.
"Never look at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses", said Hasan Al Hariri, chief executive officer of Dubai Astronomy Group, which will broadcast the event online. It was visible in Asia, Africa and Australia.
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There will be a second solar eclipse in 2020 on December 14 over South America.