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Old 17-11-2011, 02:21 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by andy89lion View Post
When you think about it the so called 'coincidences' surrounding the moon are compelling. It is the exact size in the sky as the sun when viewed from the earth and lines up to exactly cover up the sun during a solar eclipse.
No it is not.

Because the Moon's orbit around Earth isn't completely circular, the exact angular size of the Moon varies over the time span of a month. On top of that, Earth's orbit around the sun isn't completely circular either, and the angular size of the sun in our sky depends on when in the year you are.

This is when we get phenomena like annular eclipses, where a slightly smaller looking Moon crosses the Sun in our sky and doesn't quite manage to cover it.



The has a pretty in depth explanation of why there are different types of solar eclipses.

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only on earth we get this weird kind of satanic ritual where [the sun] is covered up by the moon.
Again, nope. What's so satanic about a solar eclipse? It's just the view of the sun being obscured by another body. Here's the thing happening on Jupiter:

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