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Dearest Peeps Of Knowledge Base Extraordinaire !

Eclipses are like well nice. Out of all the events that occur when the moon passes in front of the Sun, Eclipses are my all time favourite !

Look here's one.



Nice eh ?  Being delivered as a   fancy garden lamp and bug attractor next Tuesday !

The Sun is 400 times the diameter of the moon and by some incredible circumstance is also 400 times farther away !!

Is this a commonality between planets, moons and the sun ? or are we the only planet in the solar system that enjoys solar eclipse fun ?

We also have an incredibly large moon in relation to the Earths size compared to the other planets and their moons ...how come ?


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« Reply #1 on: 14/06/2009 13:36:01 »
You are forgetting annular eclipses where the apparent sizes of sun and moon (when viewed from Earth) are not the same...



http://weblogs.marylandweather.com/annular_lg.gif
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« Reply #2 on: 14/06/2009 13:47:20 »
I suspect the size relationship between the moon, sun, and earth-moon-sun distance is just luck. Also our present state regarding those distances is just luck. The states are changing.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 14/06/2009 14:16:10 »
You are forgetting annular eclipses where the apparent sizes of sun and moon (when viewed from Earth) are not the same...



http://weblogs.marylandweather.com/annular_lg.gif

Gosh !..I never knew of such a thing !

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« Reply #4 on: 14/06/2009 14:17:54 »
I suspect the size relationship between the moon, sun, and earth-moon-sun distance is just luck. Also our present state regarding those distances is just luck. The states are changing.

DOH !! *smakes own forehead* ...ewe are of course absolutely right...I failed to recall that in the early days the moon was a lot closer and in the future it will be further away !

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