A rare annular eclipse lit up the sky in South America Sunday morning
February 25, 2017 01:46 PM EST
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.
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.
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.