Jaw-dropping photo and video of yesterday's annular eclipse

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The Moon passed in front of the Sun yesterday, giving rise to a stunning solar eclipse visible across much of the world. A select few even got a rare glimpse of an annular (aka "ring of fire") eclipse — the first to be visible from the continental U.S. since 1994.

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Photographers around the world (and even a couple satellites shooting pictures from space) took advantage of the opportunity to capture some breathtaking images and video. We've rounded up a few of our favorites. With the exception of the time-lapse video (which you can watch in 1080p), every one of these images can, and should, be viewed in in hi-res, so click to enlarge and enjoy!

Gorgeous time-lapse footage via mrcorypoole

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David McNew/Getty — Photographed from Grand Canyon National Park

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Julie Jacobson/AP The Moon crosses the face of the Sun, photographed in gorgeous Monument Valley, Arizona

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Cathleen Allison/AP The solar eclipse from Gardnerville, NV

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JAXA/Hinode Photograph taken from Japan's Hinode satellite

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Composite image of the annular eclipse taken by Koji Kudo from Kawasaki, Japan. Kudo toldSPACE.com: "Please use this as a smartphone wall paper if you like:-)"

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Bullit Marquez/AP Photographed from the coastal township of Gumaca, Quezon province, southeast of Manila, Philippines.

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The annular eclipse photographed in Hα by Mrmoorey via Flickr

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Wally Santana/AP The eclipse peers through a break in clouds over Taipei, Taiwan

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Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photographed from a waterfront park in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan

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DISCUSSION

I forget, why aren't we allowed to stare directly at an eclipse? My Twitter feed was full of people talking about cardboard or index cards or special glasses.

Did I miss that day in Science class or something?