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LOOK: Skywatchers across Philippines, Asia witness solar eclipse

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 26 2019 06:39 PM | Updated as of Dec 26 2019 11:47 PM

A rare annular solar eclipse, dubbed the “ring of fire,” was witnessed on Thursday across Asia in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and some parts of the Philippines.

Despite the cloudy skies, astronomy enthusiasts in Metro Manila went out to observe the partial solar eclipse, which lasted more than 3 hours from its first contact at 12:32 p.m. until the end of eclipse at 3:47 p.m.

The next total solar eclipse will be on Dec. 14, 2020.

Here are select images taken of the celestial phenomenon.

Spectators witness a partial solar eclipse from the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in Quezon City.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A partial solar eclipse in its initial phase as seen from the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory at UP Diliman in Quezon City.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Spectators witness a partial solar eclipse from the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in Quezon City.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Students take a picture of a reflection of a partial solar eclipse at a school in Bangkok.Sakchai Lalit, AP

Spectators witness a partial solar eclipse from the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in Quezon City.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A partial solar eclipse as seen from the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory at UP Diliman in Quezon City.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Skywatchers observe the eclipse at Rizal Park in Manila.ABS-CBN News

A partial solar eclipse as seen from the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center.Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

This picture taken early on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, shows a man walking amidst seagulls along a beach in Kuwait City during the partial solar eclipse.Yasser Al-Zayyat, AFP

The moon totally covers the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from the south Indian city of Dindigul in Tamil Nadu state.Arun Sankar, AFP

An airplane flies past as the moon moves in front of the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from Hanoi.Nhac Nguyen, AFP

The moon moves in front of the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse, as seen from Balut Island, Saraggani on Dec. 26, 2019. Ferdinandh Cabrera, AFP