Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1310 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 991 times:
The news says that an eclipse is due in the north of Scotland on Sunday morning. Apparently, this rare type of eclipse is one where the sun appears larger than the moon, so the sun appears as "a ring of fire". I know there was a total eclipse over Europe in a couple of years ago, but it was reported that the weather played havoc in many areas, especially around England and France. Hopefully, the sky will be clear for those of you in the zone of the eclipse. Does anyone plan on seeing it? Post a picture or two if you can.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 956 times:
The sun appears larger than the moon in an annular eclipse beacause the moon is at it's furthest point from Earth(apogee). The moon orbits the Earth not in a circular path but more of an elliptical path meaning at certain points in its orbit it is much closer to Earth(perigee), if an eclipse happens at this time it will be total, and if it happens at apogee it will be annular.