Posts Tagged ‘3 Oct 2005’

Through the clouds

16 July, 2009

Those catching the eclipse of October 3, 2005 lucked out. The skies were cloudy over Spain, but they still managed to catch this shot of an annular eclipse. In fact, the clouds added a bit of textures to create this amazing shot.

That said… please, please, please, please let the skies be clear on 22 July 2009.

Solar Eclipse 3 Oct 2005 (Photo: Chosovi)


How rare is “rare”?

10 July, 2009

Annular Eclipse (Photo: Juan Fernandez)Exactly how rare is it to view a total solar eclipse?

While at least two or up to five solar eclipses can happen on Earth every year, they are not all total solar eclipses.

And even when they do happen, they take place only along a narrow strip along our planet. (Sometimes they take place over an ocean and except for those who make a special trip, very few people see them at all.)

On October 3, 2005 an annular eclipse took place in Spain.

(Annular eclipses are like total eclipses because the Moon is in front of the Sun, yet appears visually smaller than the Sun, leaving a border or ring around the dark silhouette of the Moon.)

It was the first total or annular eclipse in Spain since 1748.

So these occurrences are pretty rare. Be sure to catch the one coming up on July 22, 2009, even if it’s in real time via “live” feed on

Annular Eclipse (Photo: Juan Fernandez)