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Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/Freelance Photog -- The Griffith Park Observatory  drew a crowd of skywatchers eager to see a rare annular solar eclipse May 20, 2012

Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/Freelance Photog -- The Griffith Park Observatory drew a crowd of skywatchers eager to see a rare annular solar eclipse May 20, 2012

Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/Freelance Photog -- Skywatchers gathered around telescopes for a look at the rare annular solar eclipse at Griffith Park Observatory May 20, 2012

Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/Freelance Photog -- Skywatchers gathered around telescopes for a look at the rare annular solar eclipse at Griffith Park Observatory May 20, 2012

Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/Freelance Photog -- A young skywatcher gazed through a telescope at Griffith Park Observatory hoping to see the rare annular solar eclipse May 20, 2012

Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/Freelance Photog -- A young skywatcher gazed through a telescope at Griffith Park Observatory hoping to see the rare annular solar eclipse May 20, 2012

During an annular solar eclipse the moon doesn’t block the sun completely — a bright ring appears around the edges — this is known as the “ring of fire.” This celestial event was seen in China, Japan, as well as in several states in the U. S.

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