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Solar Eclipse 2012 – See the ‘Ring of Fire’ From Around the World

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Masashi Hara/David McNew, Getty Images

The 2012 solar eclipse is an annual event where the moon crosses over the sun creating what many (or at least the internet) are calling a “ring of fire.” And in case you were too busy watching Katy Perry swinging in midair at the Billboard Music Awards while performing ‘Wide Awake,’ you probably missed it.

Thankfully, for some reason that we just can’t quite figure out yet, the online community is obsessed with natural phenomena and documented mostly every moment through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Other than Super Moon 2012, Sunday’s solar eclipse was probably the most documented work of Mother Nature in 2012. Well, so far, at least.

Check out photos from around the world as well as some breathtaking time-lapse video footage of the “Ring of Fire” eclipse 2012.

California

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
David McNew, Getty Images

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
David McNew, Getty Images

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Ryan Beatty (@TheRyanBeatty), Twitter

New Mexico

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Miek Theiss (@MikeTheiss), Twitter

Japan

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Masashi Hara, Getty Images

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Martin Hsu (@MartinHsu), Twitter

Arizona

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Juan Ciudadano (@ZapataMty), Twitter

China

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Nalex (@JFDI), Twitter

Missouri

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Katie Steele Danner (@KatiesTrail), Twitter

Oregon

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
Kira Treibergs, Facebook

As Seen From Space

Solar Eclipse 2012 - "Ring of Fire"
NASA via Getty Images

Gorgeous time-lapse footage

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