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Stunning photos capture rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse around the world

Crowds gather to view "ring of fire" eclipse
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Stargazers in Africa, Asia and parts of the Middle East looked to the skies Sunday to witness a partial solar eclipse. It was known as a "ring of fire" because the moon covered most, but not all, of the sun.

It occurred during the daytime hours Sunday in areas that saw the spectacle, lasting from 11:45 p.m. EDT Saturday and until 5:34 a.m. EDT Sunday. Millions from Dubai to Taiwan to Japan to India watched the solar spectacle.

Emirates Solar Eclipse
A solar eclipse is seen over Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, June 21, 2020.  Jon Gambrell / AP

In Dubai, people could see over 85% of the sun covered by the moon, with photographers taking stunning photos of the eclipse over the Burj Khalifa building.

It was a sight that will not be possible in the country for another 14 years, according to Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Astronomy Group Hasan al-Hariri.

APTOPIX China Solar Eclipse
A figure on a roof eave of the historic Bell Tower is silhouetted by the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Beijing, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Mark Schiefelbein / AP

Al-Hariri said while the coronavirus pandemic had halted their plans for a gathering to see the rare phenomena, the group has turned to the internet to help people observe the partial eclipse, providing a live feed of the moon as it passes between the earth and the sun.

"An eclipse is kind of a rare event. It usually happens two times in a year, but it differs from location to location so it's not fixed in one location. Now we were fortunate to have it, the one which was in December last year and this one, and then we will have one similar to this after 14 years. So it's kind of something a bit rare to observe."

A crow stands on a roof as a partial solar eclipse is observed in Nairobi
A crow stands on a roof as a partial solar eclipse is observed in Nairobi, Kenya, June 21, 2020. BAZ RATNER / REUTERS

The observatory also sold solar eclipse glasses to the public to observe the eclipse safely.

An overcast sky didn't deter enthusiasts in India with the partial eclipse also visible in the New Delhi sky.

India Solar Eclipse
The sun is seen through rain clouds during solar eclipse in New Delhi, India, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Manish Swarup / AP
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