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See replay of solar eclipse on other side of the world

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Credit: Jia Hao, The National Maritime Museum Credit: Jia Hao, The National Maritime Museum

A rare solar eclipse occurred over the southern hemisphere Monday night. While it was late Monday night in Arizona, on the other side of the world, where the eclipse was seen in the sky, it was already Tuesday morning.  

The eclipse only lasted about 12 minutes. It started at 10:57 PM Monday night with the instant of greatest eclipse at 11:03 PM. The eclipse ended 6 minutes later at 11:09 PM. 

Space.com posted time-lapse video of the eclipse. Click HERE to see it.

The eclipse was 'annular', which created a ring of fire around the moon as it blocked light from the sun.  In contrast, a total solar eclipse is when the moon completely blocks light from the sun. 

In article posted prior to the eclipse, Space.com said the "eclipse will occur when the moon is close to its farthest distance from the Earth, making it too small to cover the sun completely. The resulting effect looks like a ring of fire, called an "annulus," appears around the silhouette of the moon."

Below is a composite image of a previous annular solar eclipse.  


Credit: Jia Hao | The National Maritime Museum | 

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NASA says the official classification of the event was a 'non-central annular eclipse', which is extremely rare.  Only 1.7% of eclipses are non-central. 

The whole eclipse occurred mostly over the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as part of Antarctica. The area is very remote, with few, if any, people seeing the complete eclipse in the sky. However, people in Australia and parts of Indonesia saw part of the eclipse.

The pink line in the image below shows the path of the eclipse as it moved east to west in the sky. The green lines circle the areas where parts of the eclipse can be seen.  

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