11 Minutes, 8 Seconds – Longest Solar Eclipse of the Millennium

You crazy party animals and sun worshippers – especially all of you in Africa and Asia – probably saw the latest solar phenomenon just on Friday.  The longest annular solar eclipse in the last 1,000 years occurred yesterday, turning the sun literally into a “burning ring of fire.”

“Hey Jim, what is an annular solar eclipse?”

Well, wonderful JimOnLight.com readers, when a solar eclipse is annular, it means that the sun has a big object right in the middle of it, creating what appears to be a ring.  Most of the middle of the sun gets blocked, creating a darkness and lowered temperatures for the duration of the eclipse.  This one, which won’t be exceeded until at least December 23, 3043 (at which point I will be dust) lasted for 11 minutes and 8 seconds – a record for this millennium.

People in the Maldives, Myanmar, and China got to see great views of it – Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa got a partial eclipse.  I actually had to look up the Maldives, because I thought it was something you stick in a salad.

Check out a video, followed by images from a post at Huffington Post below: