However, what the earlier historians failed to consider was that it was instead an annular eclipse
, in which the moon passes directly in front of the sun, but is too far away to cover the disc completely, leading to the characteristic 'ring of fire' appearance.
In the Kenyan capital of Nairobi many residents gathered to watch this rare celestial phenomenon known as an annular eclipse
- because it does not completely black out the sun.
Instead, it sits right in the middle of the solar disc surrounded by a halo of shining sunlight that astronomers call an annular eclipse
, like the one due on 3rd October.
An annular eclipse
was visible in Iceland and Greenland on Saturday morning (31 May), while a partial eclipse was seen in other countries including Norway and Scotland.
THIS is the spectacular sight which greeted hundreds of stargazers who flocked to Scotland yesterday to catch a rare glimpse of an annular eclipse
of the sun.
Although historical non-scientific reports of annular eclipses
may date back to the ancient Greeks, neither Ptolemy nor his followers in the medieval period refer to them.
Like other types of solar eclipses, annular eclipses
are spectacular but a potentially hazardous sky watching events.
Euler consistently referred to the Moon's antumbra as Halbschatten ("half-shadow"), befitting an annular eclipse
also beckoned, but from six trips undertaken, only three annulars were seen.
The total solar eclipse of December 4, 2002, is called an annular eclipse
, the annular eclipse
of October 3, 2005, has an incorrect maximum duration, the lunar eclipse of May 16, 2003, is labeled as occurring on the 9th, and two annular eclipses
(February 7, 2008, and April 29, 2014) are omitted.
Elements of prehistoric rock art and symbols on ancient artifacts--crescents imposed upon circles and black disks circumscribed with a bright ring--have sometimes been interpreted as graphic recollections of partial and annular eclipses
Contributing editor David Levy is a solar-eclipse veteran, having witnessed five total and two annular eclipses
Such events are called annular eclipses
, an allusion to the thin ring of dazzling sunlight that remains.
Thus the ring of the Sun will be thick and bright, as annular eclipses
Depending on the distance of the moon from Earth when it passes between the sun and the planet, its shadow covers either the entirety of the star's face - making it a total solar eclipse - or it is too small to block out all of the sun's surface - leading to a "ring of fire" appearance, or an annular eclipse