- Associated Press - Monday, May 21, 2012

Millions of early risers in Asia turned their attention skyward to view a rare “ring of fire” eclipse as it crossed their skies Monday morning.

The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States.

Here is a gallery that showcases AP photos of the eclipse.

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