We had two solar eclipses: An annular eclipse
on May 20 and a total eclipse on November 13.
The annular eclipse
on May 20th will offer observers a rare and spectacular view as the Moon passes directly between the Sun and Earth.
During an annular eclipse
, the moon blocks most of the sun.
According to the BBC, the annular eclipse
exceeded 11 minutes when viewed from the countries near the Indian Ocean -- a record for the millennium.
According to astronomical websites, the last annular eclipse
occurred roughly 1 year ago, January 26, 2009.
The spectacle, visible in a roughly 300-kilometre (185-mile) band running 12,900 kilometers (8,062 miles) across the globe, set a record for the longest annular eclipse
that will remain unbeaten for more than a thousand years.
1 The Taj Mahal; 2 Ginger; 3 Friends; 4 1971; 5 Seven; 6 Chelsea; 7 Fats Waller; 8 Australia; 9 John Keats; 10 Annular eclipse
ANSWERS: 1 The Taj Mahal; 2 Ginger; 3 Friends; 4 1971; 5 Seven; 6 Chelsea; 7 Fats Waller; 8 Australia; 9 John Keats; 10 Annular eclipse
He would further have been able to observe visually that the cause of the eclipse was at least an opaque circular body, as it stood silhouetted by the sun during the annular eclipse
. This observation was consistent with the hypothesis of a spherical solid body, the moon, being the cause.
It will still be slightly smaller than the Sun, producing an annular eclipse
that leaves a ring of light in the sky, rather than a total eclipse.
I was disappointed to see no pictures of the annular eclipse
from our region in the Gazette on Saturday night (though there were excellent pictures from Scotland and Athens).
An annular eclipse
was visible in Iceland and Greenland on Saturday morning (31 May), while a partial eclipse was seen in other countries including Norway and Scotland.