Friday, January 15, 2010

2010 Solar Eclipse

The first solar eclipse of 2010 will take place today, January 15th. A great way to jump start the new year with a powerful, natural event. What is unique about this eclipse, is that it will be an "annual solar eclipse" which is different from a total solar eclipse given that the diameter of the moon seems smaller than the sun's diameter. This is because the moon is farther away from the Earth. The 11-minute show, at its peak, will mostly be seen by residents in Africa (where it begins), crossing over the India Ocean, and continues through China and other parts of Asia.

Image Source: NASA, 2010

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