PORTLAND, OREGON - May 20, 2012 - The Ring of Fire eclipse, with the moon coverinf 87 percent of the sun, is seen over Portland, Ore., Sunday May 20, 2012. The western United States watched as a rare "ring of fire" eclipse crossed their skies. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Fred Cathcart ) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT
Skywatchers from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon enjoyed a treat: the moon nearly blotting out the sun to create a dramatic 'ring of fire' over a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the western United States.
The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible in Asia early Monday. It then moved across the Pacific - and the international dateline - and was seen in parts of the western United States Sunday afternoon.