Africa stargazers glimpse 'ring of fire' during annular solar eclipse

Near-perfect alignment of the Earth, moon and sun enjoyed by viewers in a narrow band stretching across central Africa

Stargazers in south and central Africa were treated to a spectacular solar eclipse on Thursday with the moon moving across the sun to form a “ring of fire”.

At the eclipse’s peak, all that was visible was a ring of light encircling a blackened moon – but the phenomenon was fully visible only to people in a narrow, 100km (62-mile) band stretching across central Africa, Madagascar and Réunion.

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