The 2012 solar eclipse is an annual event where the moon crosses over the sun creating what many (or at least the internet) are calling a "ring of fire." And in case you were too busy watching Katy Perry swinging in midair at the Billboard Music Awards while performing 'Wide Awake,' you probably missed it.

Thankfully, for some reason that we just can't quite figure out yet, the online community is obsessed with natural phenomena and documented mostly every moment through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Other than Super Moon 2012, Sunday's solar eclipse was probably the most documented work of Mother Nature in 2012. Well, so far, at least.

Check out photos from around the world as well as some breathtaking time-lapse video footage of the "Ring of Fire" eclipse 2012.


New Mexico






As Seen From Space

Gorgeous time-lapse footage