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An annular solar eclipse is partially seen at sunrise Monday, May 21, 2012, from the coastal township of Gumaca, Quezon province, 187 kilometers (116 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. 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. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

A rare annular eclipse lit up the sky in South America Sunday morning

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UPDATE  Feb. 26 8:03 a.m. :

The partial solar eclipse lit up South America on Sunday. Here are some stargazers' best photos of the event.

Telescope service Slooh streamed the eclipse on Facebook.

As ever, the eclipse looked a bit different through phone cameras.

ORIGINAL STORY:

On Sunday Feb. 26, spectators in the Southern Hemisphere, including Chile, Argentina and Angola, will be able to see a "ring of fire" in the sky. The annular eclipse, which occurs when most of the sun is obscured by the moon, will illuminate the sky with electrifying shades of red and orange, according to NASA.

Unlike a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse is different because the moon is too far from Earth to obscure the sun completely, leaving the sun's edges exposed.

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People watch an annular solar eclipse in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. 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. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

If you live in the viewing area, NASA warns it is the sun, after all, so it's essential to use a proper solar filter or an indirect viewing method during all phases of the eclipse to protect your eyes.

An annular eclipse was visible in 2012 in countries like Japan and the Philippines. 

There's also good news for those in the United States. A total solar eclipse, a similar astrological event, will occur on August 21, 2017--the first in nearly 40 years. Unlike an annular eclipse, the moon will completely cover the sun. A total solar eclipse is considered the most captivating experience of the three types of eclipses. 

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