Millions in Asia US look skyward to view eclipse

first_imgThe moon slides across the sun, showing a blazing halo of light, during an annular eclipse viewed from a waterfront park in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on Monday. Millions of Asians watched as a rare “ring of fire” eclipse crossed their skies early Monday. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Skywatchers from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon enjoyed a treat: the moon nearly blotting out the sun to create a dramatic “ring of fire” over a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the western United States.The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible in Asia early Monday. It then moved across the Pacific — and the international dateline — and was seen in parts of the western United States on Sunday afternoon.In Japan, “eclipse tours” were arranged at schools and parks, on pleasure boats and even private airplanes. Similar events were held in China and Taiwan as well, with skywatchers warned to protect their eyes.In the U.S., viewing parties were held at observatories in Reno, Nev., and Oakland, Calif., and elsewhere. In some areas, special camera filters for taking photographs have been sold out for weeks in anticipation of the big event.People from Colorado, Oklahoma and as far away as Canada traveled to Albuquerque to enjoy one of the best vantage points at a park on the edge of the city.last_img