If you missed the solar eclipse late this afternoon, you’re not alone. Most of the world missed it — in person, that is. The event could be witnessed only from Northern Australia and the Pacific Islands. But thanks to an oldie-but-goodie innovation — video — people around the world could also experience it..
A full solar eclipse is when the moon comes between Earth and the sun, casting a shadow over a large portion of the planet. The last solar eclipse — an annular solar eclipse — took place in May and could be witnessed by people in part of the Western United States, East Asia and over the Northern Pacific ocean. During an annular eclipse, the moon does not entirely block out the sun, since it is farther away from the Earth during that period, leaving a red ring in the sky.
The full solar eclipse occurred at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday ET and was streamed live in various places online. As Wired’s Adam Mann reports, total solar eclipses are rare for individual regions, with an average of 375 years between them. North America is expected to see one on Aug. 21, 2017.
In the meantime, here are some photos of today’s event:
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