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A rare ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse occurs in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia witnessed on Thursday a rare astronomical phenomenon that occurs for the first time in more than 100 years, which is the “annular solar eclipse”, according to the Saudi news channel of Al-Arabyia.

In response to that phenomenon, the Saudi Ministry of Education decided to delay school in areas where the phenomenon is taking place, aiming to keep students safe.

The region of Jabal Arbaa, in Al-Ahsa Governorate, east of the kingdom, which is the oil-rich region, was the clearest region to see the formation of the annular eclipse that appeared in the shape of a ‘ring of fire’.

A number of those interested in following the rare astronomical phenomena gathered behind telescopes and protective spectacles to follow up on the phenomenon that occurs for the first time in more than 100 years.

The last annular eclipse witnessed in Saudi Arabia in 1922, and the next annular eclipse will be in 2049.