Even One Degree

2019.01.05

Whether partial or total or annular — a solar eclipse always coincides with a new moon. They are locked together in their close geometric concentricities. If the moon were just five degrees decanted in its orbital eccentricity, every new moon would eclipse the sun. Small changes over time.

But you’d need to find a pretty large fulcrum of gravity to bend its orbit by even one degree.

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