Stargazers enjoyed a rare treat as a full eclipse was seen in the skies over parts of America and Asia for the first time in 18 years.
An annular eclipse occurs when the moon's orbit is at its furthest point from the Earth and closer to the much larger sun. That juxtaposition allows the moon to block more than 90 percent of the sun's rays when the two orbs slide into alignment in space.
The eclipse first become visible over southern Asia and moved across the Pacific to the northwest, traveling on a diagonal path toward the southeast. It then moved over parts of Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, before it disappeared in Texas with the sunset.