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A beautiful, special sunset this day...it was ending an annular solar eclipse! This eclipse ended roughly 8:25 p.m....about 30 minutes or so more until the eclipse was over (from the time this pic was taken). This was viewed from San Jose, CA. (Thursday, May 9, 2013; 7:55 p.m.) ••An annular solar eclipse took place this day with a magnitude of 0.9544. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, blocking most of the Sun's light and causing the Sun to look like a ring, also known as the "Ring of Fire". Annularity was visible from a 171 to 225 kilometre-wide track that passed through Australia, eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Gilbert Islands, with the maximum of around 6 minutes visible from the Pacific Ocean east of French Polynesia.•• Timing:
Partial eclipse began around 2:25 p.m. PDT.
Total eclipse began around 3:30 p.m. PDT.
Greatest eclipse (Ring of Fire effect) began around 5:23 p.m. PDT.
Total eclipse ended about 7:20 p.m. PDT.
Partial eclipse ended about 8:25 p.m. PDT.
Approximately 6 hours duration for this eclipse event.