People of Asia observed the last solar eclipse of 2019

People of Asia observed the last solar eclipse of 2019

The last solar eclipse in 2019 was observed in the morning on December 26. It was a ring solar eclipse when the Moon not completely closes itself the Sun, leaving round itself a shining ring of sunlight.

People of the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India, and South East Asia could see the last solar eclipse of the outgoing year.

The ring shaped eclipse was visible in some cities of the Asian part of Russia, as Russian service of BBC informs.

Thousands of people came out on to streets to see the natural phenomenon. In Ashgabat it was possible to observe a partial eclipse on Thursday morning in time between 8.20 and 10.00.

The Moon came closest to the centre of the Sun at 08.48. During this moment Sun was still low over horizon, therefore it was possible to see the eclipse only at a free sight at the southeast.

NASA asserts that the ring eclipse happens less often than the usual eclipse, and occurs only under certain conditions. First, the Moon should be in a new moon phase. Secondly, our natural satellite should be hardly further from the Earth in the elliptic orbit – during this moment the Moon looks less in the sky than usually. As the Moon in these conditions seems less in sizes, it cannot eclipse completely herself the Sun – therefore it forms «fire ring».

In the night from 10 to 11 January, 2020 in Ashgabat it will be possible to observe a penumbral lunar eclipse when the shade of the Earth not completely covers the Moon. It is not as observable as a solar eclipse, simply part of the satellite will be shined a bit more poorly, than other part of the Moon.

And in half a year, in the morning on June 21, 2020 Ashgabat residents again can see a partial ring solar eclipse.