Posts Tagged ‘Moon’

The Eclipse Ring of Fire

19 July, 2009

In eclipse-speak, a Ring of Fire is the view of an annular eclipse of the Sun by the Moon.

(An annular eclipse occurs instead of a total eclipse when the Moon is on the far part of its elliptical orbit around the Earth. It results in the apparent size of the Moon being visibly smaller than the apparent size of the Sun.)

The name is kinda self-explanatory, but its effect is incredibly beautiful: at the peak of the eclipse, the dark Moon will appear to be surrounded by the bright Sun, creating a brilliant, burning “ring”.

This picture of a magnificent “ring of fire” was photographed in January 1992 by Dennis L Mammana and appeared on Astronomy Picture of the Day in January 2009.

Photo: Dennis L Mammana

Wednesday’s eclipse will be a total eclipse. The next annular eclipse will take place in January 2012.


Love at first eclipse

18 July, 2009

What happens when the Sun meets the Moon? “Eclipse” you say?

Watch and find out…

My Clay Universe

14 July, 2009

When you are a Sun Stopper, the universe is like putty in your hands.

Moon eats Sun… Like a cookie…

10 July, 2009

Another sequence shot of the annular eclipse of October 3, 2005. This one shot from Gárgoles de Arriba in Spain.

From the silhouette of the Moon descending, it really looks like it just came down and “ate” the Sun before moving off and continuing on its way.

No wonder many of the ancients had tales of the Moon consuming the Sun. (If we had our way, we would have added a bit about “and the Moon chomped up the Sun like a cookie”… But that’s just us…)

Annular Eclipse (Image: Antonio Ferretti)

Sun and Moon

10 July, 2009

The full moon this month was on the seventh, but it’s been looking magnificent the evening after and even up to last night. Like a giant glowing pizza pie in the nightsky.

It made us think: perhaps the Moon is prepping, getting ready for her big day to stop the Sun on 22 July.

MoonReflection of Moon


Anyway, if you’d like to join in the fun, post your favourite Sun or Moon pictures up on our facebook page. Sunrise, drawing of Sun, mooncake… anything also can. Even better if it’s eclipse-related.

The picture with most “Likes” will win an exclusive password to the Hi-Definition version of the Live feed on

Sun? Moon? Both?

9 July, 2009

Let’s see. The Sun is in sky. The Moon moves in front of the Sun and blocks it. Resulting in the Sun looking like crescent Moon.

Tilt it to a side and you could almost see the Cheshire Cat. Curiouser and curiouser… 

Photo: Luis Fernandez Garcia

Nice image captured by Luis Fernández García from the eclipse in August 1999.

Crazy about eclipses

8 July, 2009

We’re crazy about eclipses (in case you haven’t guessed already). And one of the guys on the team had an eclipse as his desktop wallpaper (but, of course!).

After some quick sniffing around the Internet, we found out that he got it from, who does great desktop images, including triptychs and dual set-ups, for the various screen sizes.

This particular image can be found in his archive for 04, under the month of February (02) on the 14th. (Aww, Valentine’s Day. How sweet. Maybe he loves eclipses too.)

It was a dual set up, which the illustrator described as a “crappy attempt in creating a solar eclipse.”

Personally, we think it’s not bad. Sure, we may be a bit biased towards eclipses, but really, it looks cool 1680 x 1050 x 2.


Did you catch the lunar eclipse

7 July, 2009

A lunar eclipse happened this evening, beginning at moonrise during dusk over Australia on July 7, and setting over western North and South America in their early predawn hours of July 7.

However, the lunar eclipse only entered the southern most tip of the penumbral shadow, making it extremely difficult to observe visually.

Image: Tom Ruen

(See the diagram… The shadow barely nudges the Moon, and not even the umbral shadow.)

Unlike this somewhat unspectacular lunar eclipse, the total eclipse happening later this month promises to be the most dramatic one in our lifetime, partly because it will be the longest one this century.

If you are in India, China or parts of Japan, you may be in luck to catch the total eclipse.

If you are in the majority of the world not within the eclipse’s path, don’t fret. You can still view it “live” and in real time right here.

One event, three views

2 July, 2009

Three amazing views of the same eclipse on August 1, 2008. The three views were shot at different places in Russia. Top to bottom: Novosibirsk, Miensk and Moscow.

Will you be able to see the solar eclipse of the century this July 22?

Photo: Aaaron Scott Willeke

Photo: Cesco

Photo: Pavel Leman

Total eclipse in the dark

30 June, 2009

We had fun making this one. And we’ve heard good feedback, too (Thanks, Mum).

But really, this is one of my favourite. LED lights and glowsticks and tripping around in the dark. We also realised that being a consistently-shaped little cloud isn’t as easy as it looks. Enjoy.