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PHOTO: Time-lapse view of annular solar eclipse from Southern Utah

A time-lapse view of the May 20, 2012 annular Solar Eclipse from Virgin, Utah. (Andrew Leonard/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

VIRGIN, UTAH — Residents in Southern Utah were treated to front row seats during Sunday evening’s annular solar eclipse.

These time-lapse images depicting the “ring of fire” moment during the peak of the eclipse were photographed from Virgin, Utah, a small community 15 miles west of Zion National Park. 

The event hasn’t happened in 18 years and occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun creating a circular glow.

In the Bay Area, optimal viewing time was at 6:30 p.m. PT, but even then many residents didn’t see what was seen in Utah.

Contact Andrew Leonard at aleonard@californiabeat.org

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