The best space stories of the week!

Millions of people in Asia and Africa were able to see a “ring of fire” eclipse, NASA headquarters in Washington, DC is now named after a “hidden figure” and astronomers are making a strange new detection of gravitational waves. These are some of the main stories from this week.

Annular eclipse seen by millions of people in Asia and Africa.

(Image credit: Jewel Samad, Manjunath Kiran, Sanjay Kanojia, Dibyangshu Sarkar, Sajjad Hussain / AFP via Getty Images)

A “ring of fire” solar eclipse appeared in the skies of Africa and Asia on June 21. This type of eclipse is called annular, because the moon does not block the entire solar disk. Millions of spectators in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, the Red Sea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Gulf of Oman, Pakistan, India, China, Taiwan, and the Philippine Sea ( south of Guam) and northern Australia were able to see the heavenly event.