Much of the western U.S. will witness an annular or partial solar eclipse this coming Sunday. Because the moon is near apogee (its farthest distance from the Earth this month), its disk will be too small to cover the sun completely, so that at maximum totality the solar rim still will be visible. Such eclipses are called annular, from “annulus,” the Latin word for “ring.”
By Dr. Tim Bratton, For the Jamestown Sun
, May 19, 2012
There will be a total lunar eclipse this Saturday morning.
There won’t be another such event until 2014. Unfortunately, this eclipse favors viewers living in Asia and the Pacific Rim; from Jamestown we’ll see the early stages of the eclipse, with totality occurring before moonset tomorrow.
By Timothy Bratton, For The Jamestown Sun
, December 09, 2011
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