What's happened to the setting Sun?
In early 2009, the Moon eclipsed part of the Sun as visible from parts of
Africa, Australia, and Asia.
In particular the above image, taken from the
Mall of Asia
seawall, caught a partially eclipsed Sun setting over
Manila Bay in the
Piers are visible in
silhouette in the foreground.
and well placed
sky enthusiasts captured
many other interesting and artistic images of the year's only
annular solar eclipse, including
eclipse shadow arrays, and
rings of fire.
Today parts of the Sun again will become briefly blocked by the Moon,
again visible to some as a partial eclipse of a setting Sun.
A small swath of Earth, however, will be exposed to the unusual ring of fire effect when the Moon is
completely surrounded by the glowing light of the slightly larger Sun.