A photo of the annular solar eclipse of January 15, 2010, showing the ring of fire. The photo was one of many posted to TwitPic by those recording the event.
Did you miss the century's longest solar eclipse earlier today?
So did much of the rest of the world.
The annular eclipse was visible in parts of Africa before crossing the Indian Ocean, where it reached its peak in southern India before passing across Asia. Eager watchers posted photos and videos on the Internet, with many appearing on social networking host sites like TwitPic and UStream (see links below).
Devout Hindus took to the freezing waters of the River Ganges to ritually bathe as part of the Mela festival taking place in Hardiwar. Temples were shut and religious statues draped during the eclipse to ward off what is believed to be negative energy during that time.
India's space agency launched five rockets Friday afternoon to study the effects of the solar eclipse.
The eclipse lasted eleven minutes, eight seconds. The next time anyone will be able to witness anything comparable will be December 23, 3043.
The next total solar eclipse will be July 11, 2010.
On the Web:
Longest Solar Eclipse of the Century - Live Videos
Path of the January 15, 2010, solar eclipse (animation: Wikimedia)
More photos from TwitPic (taken in Nairobi National Park, Kenya):
Solar eclipse as viewed from Bangalore. This YouTube video is made from over 500 still shots.