'Ring of fire' solar eclipse enthralls sky watchers on Reunion Island

Fri Sep 2, 2016 1:22pm EDT
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Sept 1 (Reuters) - - A solar eclipse delighted astronomy fans on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, drawing sky watchers outside to watch the moon pass before the sun to make a so-called "ring of fire".

Some 3,000 people gathered on the southwestern side of the French-governed island to see the "annular solar eclipse" - the moment when the moon blots out most of the sun to create the appearance of a bright ring around its edges.

Wearing protective glasses, residents and tourists watched and took pictures of the astronomical phenomenon for several hours.

"I (once) saw a solar eclipse...but I have never seen an annular solar eclipse before," Austrian tourist Beate Sosz said. "It is great."

A combination of pictures shows the beginning to the end (top L to bottom R) of an annular solar eclipse seen from a beach of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, September 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Gilles Adt