Annular Solar Eclipse Seen from Australia's Outback

By: RTV/ABC (Australia)/CBS
By: RTV/ABC (Australia)/CBS

Scientists and astronomers from around the world gathered at Tennant Creek In Australia's outback to view an annular Solar eclipse on Friday (May 10), beginning just before 7 a.m. (2130 GMT on May 9).

An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon moves in front of the sun and a thin ring of light forms.

"We saw the moon go right in front of the sun and the clouds thinned out and we got a wonderful view. This is something that happens every year or so when the moon is a little too small to cover the sun entirely and so, an annulus, a ring of sunlight remains and it was just gorgeous. We saw that for about four and a half minutes today," said Jay Pasachoff, Professor of Astronomy at Williams College in Massachusetts.

The next total solar eclipse will be visible from Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Americas in November 2013.

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