On Sunday, Feb. 26th, the Moon passed in front of the sun, off-center, transforming the solar disk into a crescent across much of Earth's southern hemisphere.

Oleg Toumilovitch sends this picture from Johannesburg, South Africa:

“I caught the last moments of the eclipse just before sunset,” says Toumilovitch.

While hundreds of millions of people witnessed a crescent sun, a much smaller number saw the “ring of fire.”  In a narrow path stretching across the southern reaches of South America and parts of Africa, the Moon passed directly in front of the sun, covering 99% of the solar disk. This allowed a fiery annulus of solar plasma to circumscribe the mountainous limb of the Moon.

Petr Horalek photographed the deep annular eclipse from Facundo, Argentina:

“What a wonderful experience,” says Horalek. “In Patagonia, we witnessed the deep and incredibly short annular solar eclipse (duration about 47 sec.) in a blue sky with absolutely no cloud! The eclipse was so deep that the environment grew darker and all the shadows were drab. The place we chose was just a few dozens of meters from pleasant campsite, on the shore of small river close to Facundo village in Chubut, Argentina.”

Source: Spaceweather

David Aragorn

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