Today most of the Eastern Hemisphere was treated to a solar eclipse. It began in Saudi Arabia, with the moon passing in front of the sun, but not completely covering the star’s face — instead, it left a brilliant “ring of fire” effect. Here in the southern Philippines, the moon was not quite centered, but the moon’s hour-long transit of the sun was dramatic enough. Providential cloud cover stepped down the sun’s brightness so we could look directly at the sun to watch the eclipse.

Eclipse 1

Eclipse 2

Eclipse 3

Japan’s Himawari 8 satellite took this video of the moon’s shadow moving across the earth: