Solar Eclipse Seen Over Western U.S. to Japan

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A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila on May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a partial eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western United States. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving a "ring of fire" visible. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages)
An annular solar eclipse is seen through
An annular solar eclipse is seen through
An annular solar eclipse is seen through the clouds in Kawasaki, surburban Tokyo, on May 21, 2012. A swathe of the country was be able to see the annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out all but an outer circle of light. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/GettyImages)
Ring-tailed lemurs look on as children v
Ring-tailed lemurs look on as children v
Ring-tailed lemurs look on as children view a solar eclipse at the Japan Monkey Center in Inuyama city in Aichi prefecture, central Japan on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" at dawn in Asia and crept towards a darkening western US. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/GettyImages)
This combination picture shows an annula
This combination picture shows an annula
This combination picture shows an annular solar eclipse seen from Tokyo on May 21, 2012 . For the first time in 932 years, a swathe of the country was able to see the annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out all but an outer circle of light. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GettyImages)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 21: Annular Solar Eclipse is observed on May 21, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first time in 25 years since last annular solar eclipse was observed in Japan. (Photo by Yuki Tanaka/Getty Images)
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila on May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a partial eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western US. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving a "ring of fire" visible. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila on May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a partial eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western US. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving a "ring of fire" visible. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila on May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a partial eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western US. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving a "ring of fire" visible. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila on May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a partial eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western US. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving a "ring of fire" visible. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during s
A partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila on May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a partial eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western US. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving a "ring of fire" visible. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages)
A resident using a solar filter observes
A resident using a solar filter observes
A resident using a solar filter observes a partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise in the coastal town of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila on May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a partial eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western United States. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving a "ring of fire" visible. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages)
A small bird rests at a powerline backgr
A small bird rests at a powerline backgr
A small bird rests at a powerline backgrounded by an annular solar eclipse seen from Los Angeles ,California on May 20, 2012 . AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)
A small bird rests at a powerline backgr
A small bird rests at a powerline backgr
A small bird rests at a powerline backgrounded by an annular solar eclipse seen from Los Angeles ,California on May 20, 2012 . AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)
An eclipse of the sun is seen thru windo
An eclipse of the sun is seen thru windo
An eclipse of the sun is seen thru windows at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport May 20, 2012, as a airplane taxis by. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)
A girl with her mother observe a solar e
A girl with her mother observe a solar e
A girl with her mother observe a solar eclipse, focused onto a white background through a telescope, at Takayama village in Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" at dawn in Asia and crept towards a darkening western United States. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/GettyImages)
A branch foregrounds the heart shaped su
A branch foregrounds the heart shaped su
A branch foregrounds the heart shaped sun during an annular solar eclipse seen from Los Angeles ,California on May 20, 2012 . AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)
This multi-exposure picture shows a sola
This multi-exposure picture shows a sola
This multi-exposure picture shows a solar eclipse, seen at Utsunomiya city in Tochigi prefecture, 100km north of Tokyo on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" at dawn in Asia and crept towards a darkening western United States. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/GettyImages)
A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse i
A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse i
A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse is seen in the sky above in Kanarraville, Utah May 20 2012. The tiny town of Kanarraville, 40 miles north of St George and 263 miles south of Salt Lake City, marketed the town's"sweet spot" location where an almost perfect annular eclipse could be seen bringing visitors and vendors to their solar eclipse viewing "party". Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Will Bowen, 29, of St George, Utah react
Will Bowen, 29, of St George, Utah react
Will Bowen, 29, of St George, Utah reacts as he see the perfect "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse in Kanarraville, Utah May 20 2012. The tiny town of Kanarraville, 40 miles north of St George and 263 miles south of Salt Lake City, marketed the town's"sweet spot" location where an almost perfect annular eclipse could be seen bringing visitors and vendors to their solar eclipse viewing "party". Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse i
A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse i
A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse is seen in Kanarraville, Utah May 20 2012. The tiny town of Kanarraville, 40 miles north of St George and 263 miles south of Salt Lake City, marked the town's"sweet spot" location where an almost perfect annular eclipse could be seen bring visitors and vendors to the solar eclipse viewing "party". Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
A family uses film to protect their eyes
A family uses film to protect their eyes
A family uses film to protect their eyes as they view the annular solar eclipse in Kanarraville, Utah May 20 2012. The tiny town of Kanarraville, 40 miles north of St George and 263 miles south of Salt Lake City, marketed the town's"sweet spot" location where an almost perfect annular eclipse could be seen bringing visitors and vendors to their solar eclipse viewing "party". Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
This combination picture shows an annula
This combination picture shows an annula
This combination picture shows an annular solar eclipse seen from Tokyo on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western US, where it was greeted with whoops in California. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GettyImages)
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during an annular eclipse of the sun May 20, 2012 as seen from Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Nageezi, Arizona. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during an annular eclipse of the sun May 20, 2012 as seen over the Pueblo Bonito ancient building at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Nageezi, Arizona. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during an annular eclipse of the sun May 20, 2012 as seen over the Pueblo Bonito ancient building at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Nageezi, Arizona. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during an annular eclipse of the sun May 20, 2012 as seen over the Pueblo Bonito ancient building at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Nageezi, Arizona. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
GRAND CANYON, AZ - MAY 20: The moon passes before the sun in the first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 on May 20, 2012 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse is casting a shallow path crossing the West from west Texas to Oregon then arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
GRAND CANYON, AZ - MAY 20: People watch as an eclipse reaches annularity as the moon passes before the sun in the first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 on May 20, 2012 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse is casting a shallow path crossing the West from west Texas to Oregon then arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
People watch as the moon appears to cove
People watch as the moon appears to cove
People watch as the moon appears to cover the sun during the partial phase of an annular eclipse of the sun May 20, 2012 from the Pueblo Bonito ancient building at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Nageezi, Arizona. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during
The moon appears to cover the sun during an annular eclipse of the sun May 20, 2012 from the Pueblo Bonito ancient building at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Nageezi, Arizona. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
In this composite of five images, the mo
In this composite of five images, the mo
In this composite of five images, the moon appears to cover the sun during an annular eclipse of the sun May 20, 2012 as seen from the Pueblo Bonito ancient building at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Nageezi, Arizona. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
GRAND CANYON, AZ - MAY 20: The first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 wanes to a partial eclipse as the sun sets on May 20, 2012 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse is casting a shallow path crossing the West from west Texas to Oregon then arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
GRAND CANYON, AZ - MAY 20: The first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 wanes to a partial eclipse as the sun sets on May 20, 2012 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse is casting a shallow path crossing the West from west Texas to Oregon then arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A combo photo shows the annular solar ec
A combo photo shows the annular solar ec
A combo photo shows the annular solar eclipse seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
School children gather to watch the annu
School children gather to watch the annu
School children gather to watch the annular solar eclipse on the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western US. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
The annular solar eclipse is seen from t
The annular solar eclipse is seen from t
The annular solar eclipse is seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
The annular solar eclipse is seen from t
The annular solar eclipse is seen from t
The annular solar eclipse is seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
The annular solar eclipse is seen from t
The annular solar eclipse is seen from t
The annular solar eclipse is seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
School children gather to watch the annu
School children gather to watch the annu
School children gather to watch the annular solar eclipse on the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western US. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen
A partial annular solar eclipse is seen from the coast of Xiamen, in China's southeast province of Fujian on May 21, 2012. Millions turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific as a solar eclipse created a "ring of fire" from Asia to the western United States. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
A girl uses a box to view the annular ec
A girl uses a box to view the annular ec
A girl uses a box to view the annular eclipse in Kanarraville, Utah May 20 2012. The tiny town of Kanarraville, 40 miles north of St George and 263 miles south of Salt Lake City, marketed the town's"sweet spot" location where an almost perfect annular eclipse could be seen bringing visitors and vendors to their solar eclipse viewing "party". Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Peggy Pennington watches the annular ecl
Peggy Pennington watches the annular ecl
Peggy Pennington watches the annular eclipse with her dogs Sasha (R) and Foxy Lady (L), in Kanarraville, Utah May 20 2012. The tiny town of Kanarraville, 40 miles north of St George and 263 miles south of Salt Lake City, marketed the town's"sweet spot" location where an almost perfect annular eclipse could be seen bringing visitors and vendors to their solar eclipse viewing "party". Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Aaron Peck, 4, watches the annular eclip
Aaron Peck, 4, watches the annular eclip
Aaron Peck, 4, watches the annular eclipse with her dogs Sasha (R) and Foxy Lady (L), in Kanarraville, Utah May 20 2012. The tiny town of Kanarraville, 40 miles north of St George and 263 miles south of Salt Lake City, marketed the town's"sweet spot" location where an almost perfect annular eclipse could be seen bringing visitors and vendors to their solar eclipse viewing "party". Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Andre Paulsen, 7, watches the solar ecli
Andre Paulsen, 7, watches the solar ecli
Andre Paulsen, 7, watches the solar eclipse in Kanarraville, Utah May 20 2012. The tiny town of Kanarraville, 40 miles north of St George and 263 miles south of Salt Lake City, marketed the town's"sweet spot" location where an almost perfect annular eclipse could be seen bringing visitors and vendors to their solar eclipse viewing "party". Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In California
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - MAY 20: A composite of images of the first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 shows several stages, left to right, as the eclipse passes through annularity and the sun changes color as it approaches sunset on May 20, 2012 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse is casting a shallow path crossing the West from west Texas to Oregon then arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed
IN SPACE - MAY 20: In this handout provided by NASA, sun spots are seen as the moon moves into a full eclipse position after reaching annularity during the first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 on May 20, 2012. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse is casting a shallow path crossing the West from west Texas to Oregon then arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by JAXA/NASA/Hinode via Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed
IN SPACE - MAY 20: In this handout provided by NASA, sun spots are seen as the moon moves into a partial eclipse position after reaching annularity during the first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 on May 20, 2012. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse is casting a shallow path crossing the West from west Texas to Oregon then arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by JAXA/NASA/Hinode via Getty Images)
The waxing crescent moon is seen in the
The waxing crescent moon is seen in the
The waxing crescent moon is seen in the night sky above the San Gabriel Valley, east of downtown Los Angeles on March 26, 2012, in California. Sometimes called a young moon, a waxing crescent moon is always seen in the west after sunset, and unlike a lunar eclipse which is the only time the Earth's shadow can fall on the moon, the shadow on a waxing crescent moon is the moon's own shadow. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 21, 2012 shows an
A picture taken on May 21, 2012 shows an
A picture taken on May 21, 2012 shows an annular eclipse in the sky of Taipei. The path of the eclipse will span "a 240 to 300 kilometre-wide (150-185 mile) track that traverses eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western United States", according to the US space agency. The eclipse begins at sunrise in southern China at 2206 GMT on May 20 and swiftly travels eastward to the southern coast of Japan, NASA said. AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/GettyImages)
An annular solar eclipse is seen from To
An annular solar eclipse is seen from To
An annular solar eclipse is seen from Tokyo on May 21, 2012 . For the first time in 932 years, a swathe of the country was able to see the annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out all but an outer circle of light. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 21: Annular Solar Eclipse is observed on May 21, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first time in 25 years since last annular solar eclipse was observed in Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 21: Annular Solar Eclipse is observed on May 21, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first time in 25 years since last annular solar eclipse was observed in Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 21: Annular Solar Eclipse is observed on May 21, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first time in 25 years since last annular solar eclipse was observed in Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 21: Annular Solar Eclipse is observed on May 21, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first time in 25 years since last annular solar eclipse was observed in Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 21: Annular Solar Eclipse is observed on May 21, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first time in 25 years since last annular solar eclipse was observed in Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 21: Annular Solar Eclipse is observed with "TOKYO SKYTREE" on the building's wall on May 21, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first time in 25 years since last annular solar eclipse was observed in Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)
An annular solar eclipse is seen over a
An annular solar eclipse is seen over a
An annular solar eclipse is seen over a ferris wheel in Tokyo on May 21, 2012. For the first time in 932 years, a swathe of the country was able to see the annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out all but an outer circle of light. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)
The annular solar eclipse is seen from F
The annular solar eclipse is seen from F
The annular solar eclipse is seen from Fujinomiya city, Shizuoka prefecture, some 150-kilometres west of Tokyo, on May 21, 2012. A swathe of the country was be able to see the annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out all but an outer circle of light. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/GettyImages)
The annular solar eclipse is seen from F
The annular solar eclipse is seen from F
The annular solar eclipse is seen from Fujinomiya city, Shizuoka prefecture, some 150-kilometres west of Tokyo, on May 21, 2012. A swathe of the country was be able to see the annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out all but an outer circle of light. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/GettyImages)
A annular solar eclipse is seen between
A annular solar eclipse is seen between
A annular solar eclipse is seen between clouds in Hong Kong on May 21, 2012. The path of the annular eclipse was to span "a 240 to 300 kilometer-wide (150-185 mile) track that traverses eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western US. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/GettyImages)
A partial solar eclipse is seen from Tok
A partial solar eclipse is seen from Tok
A partial solar eclipse is seen from Tokyo on May 21, 2012 . For the first time in 932 years, a swathe of the country was able to see the annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out all but an outer circle of light. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)
An annular solar eclipse is seen above H
An annular solar eclipse is seen above H
An annular solar eclipse is seen above Hong Kong on May 21, 2012. Thousands turned their eyes to the sky on both sides of the Pacific to gaze excitedly as a partial eclipse occluded the sun at dawn in Asia and at dusk in the western United States. AFP / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/GettyImages)
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