Flying point eclipse




An eclipse is a natural phenomenon . However, in some ancient and modern cultures, solar eclipses were attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as bad omens . A total solar eclipse can be frightening to people who are unaware of its astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear during the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

February 26th's solar eclipse was nearly total instead of annular — the ratio of the Moon's apparent diameter to the Sun's was . So the path of annularity was very narrow, only 31 km (19 miles) wide at the point of greatest eclipse but flaring near the endpoints. The path of annularity crossed parts of southern Chile and Argentina, the South Atlantic Ocean (where mid-eclipse occurred at 14:53 Universal Time), Angola, and the Zambia-Congo border at sunset. Anyone along the centerline in southern Argentina, where the path was 54 km (34 miles) wide, could witness a complete — but very thin! — solar annulus for about 54 seconds.


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