Dubai Crown Prince shares spectacular view of solar eclipse

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed posts 22-second clip of his experience of Thursday's rare celestial event

The solar eclipse shared by Sheikh Hamdan on his Instagram page.
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The rare solar eclipse that delighted star-gazers on Thursday morning sparked plenty of activity on social media, including a spectacular video posted by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad, the Crown Prince of Dubai.

Never one to shy away from Instagram posting about his active daily life, Sheikh Hamdan shared a stunning video of his view of the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event.

Astronomers and early risers were treated to the solar eclipse just after 7.30am, the first ‘ring of fire’ visible in the UAE since 1847.

A short film of the event was posted by the Crown Prince on his @faz3 page and have been liked close to 250,000 times by his followers

The 22-second clip shows the sun and moon rising simultaneously until the moon passes across the centre of the sun, leaving only a ring of light visible.

Photos of the eclipse from different angles were also shared alongside the caption: “Rare Annular solar eclipse was seen today in #UAE Last occurred 172 years ago in the #UAE and the next one will happen in 83 years!!”