金環日食 – Annular Solar Eclipse

There is very little to say here, and you probably saw pictures elsewhere, but I thought it was pretty cool to see an eclipse and is well worth a blog update.  This was my first solar eclipse, and to have it be an annular eclipse as well was wonderful.  The last one to have occurred in the region was 932 years ago!  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks some of the sun, casting a shadow on the earth.  However, an annular eclipse is significant in that the moon completely passes in front of the sun, but isn’t large enough to block it, so a ring of light appears around the shadow of the moon.  These are fairly rare occurrences, and I just happened to be in a prime location to see it.  When I woke up, I was worried that the clouds had thwarted my chances, but to the contrary they acted as a filter and pared the strength of the sunlight down to levels I could enjoy with the naked eye.  Were it a blue sky morning, I’d have barely been able to appreciate this remarkable effect.

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2 thoughts on “金環日食 – Annular Solar Eclipse

  1. I cracked up when I read your experience with the Dutch words. What does that girl know anyway? I can still hear Grandma saying every one of them.

    Very interesting post by the way.

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