Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Solar eclipse

In last week's solar eclipse, the moon didn't quite blot out the entire sun. That's what made it such a beautiful sight.

Called an annular eclipse (annular means ring-shaped), the moon blocked all but the sun's outer edge, creating a fiery hoop in the sky. Canadian astronomy fans didn't get a chance to see it. It was only visible along a 300 km-wide strip stretching from Central Africa to China.

The Mail Online's excellent coverage includes a video of the eclipse in progress in various spots including Kenya and India.

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