This evening, my husband and I witnessed the annular eclipse from the best vantage point in the Metroplex. I had been looking forward to it ever since he sent an email telling me about our date, and was disappointed when it looked as though visibility would be impossible because of cloud cover. As we settled into our prime viewing spot and readied our cameras, I sat there taking shots of the weeds on the side of the road and pretended to blow away the clouds. After all, he had planned this just for me and I wasn’t going to let a few clouds get in the way.
The clouds soon began to part and we were treated to something truly awe-inspiring. What a way to celebrate my 100th post here at HonieBriggs.com!
An annular eclipse is similar to a total eclipse. The moon lines up directly with the sun, but since the moon is at its most distant point in its earth orbit, it doesn’t completely cover the sun. As a result, sunlight shines around the moon’s circumference.
Here in North Texas, we didn’t see the complete eclipse because the sun had set by the time the moon was in front of it. As you can see from the photos, this didn’t diminish the experience one bit and what we were able to view will be a cherished memory for us both.
The next total solar eclipse in the United States will be in 2017. The next annular eclipse to be visible in the U.S. is scheduled to occur six years after that in October, 2023. Until then, I hope to keep laughing and sharing my wonderful experiences. Oh yeah, and my observations.