‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse delights onlookers in South America

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Sky gazers in Chile, Bolivia and Argentina were treated to a special sight early on Sunday when they witnessed the first solar eclipse of 2017.

The phenomena is known as a ring eclipse, where the moon is smaller than the sun, so a ring of light is visible when the moon passes over the sun.

A total eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, blocking its rays and casting a shadow.

Observers donned sunglasses with special filters, heeding experts’ warnings that viewers should not look directly at the eclipse without eye protection.

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The event lasted approximately two-and-a-half hours and was visible only in parts of the southern hemisphere.

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Residents of Patagonia’s Puerto Aysen watched as the moon came between the Earth and its sun, leaving a “Ring of Fire” in the night sky.

Scientists recommend that people wear special viewing glasses during a total solar eclipse and avoid looking directly at it with the naked eye.

-With files from the Associated Press

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