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Stunning Views of the Solar Eclipse

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On Sunday, across a pathway that included parts of Africa and Asia, viewers were treated to a stunning "ring of fire" solar eclipse. In this "annular" eclipse which coincided with the Summer Solstice, the Moon passed between the Earth and the sun, revealing a thin outer ring of the fiery solar disc. Skywatchers were not bathed in total darkness, but astronomers have said it was like switching from a 500W bulb to a 30W one.

In the above combination photo, the eclipse is seen in various locations in India: (top L to R) Kurukshetra, Allahabad, Bangalore and (bottom L to R) Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore. View more images here and here.

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