Annual Solar Eclipse Dazzles The Australian Outback

Category: Media & Culture / May 10, 2013 9:58AM EDT


Scientists and astronomers from around the world gathered at Tennant Creek in Australia’s outback to view an annual solar eclipse on Friday, beginning just before at 7am. An annual solar eclipse happens when the moon moves in front of the sun and a thin ring of light forms, as confirmed by Professor of Astronomy Jay Pasachoff:

"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," 

The next solar eclipse will be visible from Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern America’s in November 2013.