‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse — Last Solar Eclipse of the Decade — Captured in Series of Stunning Photos

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The moon moves in front of the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from Tanjung Piai, Malaysia on December 26, 2019. (Credit: SADIQ ASYRAF/AFP via Getty Images)

The moon moves in front of the sun in a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse as seen from Tanjung Piai, Malaysia on December 26, 2019. (Credit: SADIQ ASYRAF/AFP via Getty Images)

The universe sent one last solar salute of the decade down to Earth on Christmas day — or Thursday, December 26, depending on where you are in the world.

Commonly referred to as the “ring of fire” eclipse, this annular solar event occurs as the moon passes in front of the sun, covering the sun’s center and leaving a blazing ring of light around the moon’s silhouette.

The celestial celebration wasn’t visible from North America, but lucky watchers in parts of Indonesia, southern India, Oman and Saudi Arabia were able to see — and capture breathtaking images — of the eclipse.

Here are a few photos of the spectacular event.

  • This composite image shows the moon as it moves in front of the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from Tanjung Piai in Malaysia on December 26, 2019. (Credit: SADIQ ASYRAF/AFP via Getty Images)
  • The moon moves in front of the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from Tanjung Piai, Malaysia on December 26, 2019. (Credit: SADIQ ASYRAF/AFP via Getty Images)
  • A total solar eclipse is seen on July 2, 2019, in Chile. (Credit: Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)
  • The moon moves in front of the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from Tanjung Piai, Malaysia on December 26, 2019. (Credit: SADIQ ASYRAF/AFP via Getty Images)
  • The moon moves in front of the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from Balut Island, Saraggani province in the southern island of Mindanao on Dec. 26, 2019. (Credit: FERDINANDH CABRERA/AFP via Getty Images)
  • The surface of the sun is seen as the moon moves in front of it in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse, as seen from Wan Twin in central Myanmar on Dec. 26, 2019. (Credit: YE AUNG THU/AFP via Getty Images)
  • This picture taken early on Dec. 26, 2019 shows a view of the sun in Kuwait City during the partial solar eclipse event. (Credit: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images)
  • This picture taken early on Dec 26, 2019 shows seagulls flying above a beach in Kuwait City during the partial solar eclipse event. (Credit: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images)
  • The moon totally covers the sun in a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from the south Indian city of Dindigul in Tamil Nadu state on Dec. 26, 2019. (Credit: ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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