Rare solar eclipse viewed across the globe

The last solstice summer eclipse was in 2001, and will not return until 2039, and then, in 2058.

Following that, there will be no solstice summer eclipse in either the northern or southern hemisphere for another two centuries.

Such an annular, or ring-like, solar eclipse happens when the moon is farther away in its orbit around the Earth, and its diameter appears smaller and unable to entirely block out the sun's light.

"Ring of fire" eclipses are not uncommon, but one that falls on the summer solstice is very rare.

The last one was in 1982 and the next one in 2039, the only other time in this century.