"Ring of fire" eclipse delights sky gazers

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People around the world had their eyes on the sky for the final solar eclipse of the decade.          

The so-called "ring of fire" eclipse was best seen along a swath of southern Asia.

The so-called annular eclipse, in which a thin outer ring of the sun is still visible, could be seen along a path stretching from India and Pakistan to Thailand and Indonesia. Authorities in Indonesia provided telescopes and hundreds of special glasses to protect viewers' eyes. Thousands gazed at the sky and cheered and clapped as the sun transformed into a dark orb for more than two minutes, briefly plunging the sky into darkness. Hundreds of others prayed at mosques.

The next solar eclipse is in December of next year. It will only be visible in the southern hemisphere.

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