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Projection of Annular Solar Eclipse, Mesquite, Nevada

An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon.

 

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Taken on May 20, 2012