For several hours on May 20, 2012, the Moon partially blocked the light of the Sun
. Because the Moon was farther from Earth than it usually is, it couldn't completely blot out the Sun
, creating what's called an annular eclipse
For those fortunate enough to be on a narrow path cutting across the planet, they saw the Moon centered in the Sun's disk, surrounded by a "Ring of Fire" - an annulus of light
around the silhouetted Moon. The rest of us saw a partial eclipse... or nothing at all. But thousands of pictures were taken, and many people graciously sent them to me so I can display them here.
All pictures are used by permission of the photographer, and link to the original, usually bigger version.