10th of May – Ring of Fire

People in remote parts of Northern Australia were recently treated to a rare nighttime sight: An annular solar eclipse in which the moon blocks the Sun, leaving a thin ‘ring of fire’ uncovered.

The annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is farther than usual from Earth, making its apparent size in the sky smaller than Sun’s apparent size in the sky.

Since both the Moon’s orbit around the Earth and the Earth’s orbit around the Sun are ellipses, the sizes of the Moon and the Sun as seen from Earth vary depending on the positions of the orbits.

Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire

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