On the late afternoon of December 26, 2019, we had an annular solar eclipse which peaked at full coverage — except for the outer ring — for about three minutes, beginning at about 4:54 PM to about 4:57 PM, our local time.
Please note that I said “annular” and NOT “annual”. For the uninitiated, an annular solar eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line with the Earth. That is to say, when the Moon is located between the Sun and the Earth. Because the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun, the Sun appears as a very bright ring — or annulus — when the dark disk of the Moon passes directly in front of it.
In this case, the annular solar eclipse concluded a little after 6:00 PM, our local time, by which time the Sun had already begun to set at this time of the year.
While I was aware of the approaching eclipse a number of days in advance, on that particular day, I was very tired, so I decided to take an afternoon nap. Well, believe it or not, but I woke up right at the exact moment when the eclipse was at its peak. That is, when the Moon was directly in front of the Sun, blocking it out, so that only the bright solar ring remained.
So, even though it was too late for me to create any kind of device so that I could look at the eclipse, I went out on to my back balcony anyway. To my amazement — and as you can see in the above video — as the height of the annular solar eclipse occurred, dozens of images of the eclipse filtered through the trees and reflected on to the walls of my balcony. It only last a few minutes; and once the Moon began to move away, and the ring was no longer complete, the reflections on my wall vanished. My friends, to say the least, I was really in awe. Isn’t God amazing? As we read in the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans:
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
Romans 1:20, KJV
And as King David writes in Psalm 19:
“[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.] The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”
Psalm 19:1-6, KJV