Annular Eclipse of April 8 from Panama

May 30, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Ken Lester
Summary authors & editors: Ken Lester

The photo above of an annular solar eclipse was taken on April 8th, 2005, in Panama, less than 1/2 km from the center-line of the eclipse. This was a hybrid solar eclipse in which the entire Sun was completely blocked out only over the Pacific Ocean (a total eclipse). However, by the time the Moon's shadow reached Panama, the Sun-Moon-Earth configuration had changed enough that the apex of the Moon's shadow no longer reached the surface of the Earth. Therefore this "ring of fire" (annular eclipse) resulted as picture here at the eclipse maximum.

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