ring of fire solar eclipse


A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn't entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term  “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.

anonymous asked:

Question: So I wanted your opinion on this. We just had a solar eclipse across America = ring of fire. Then a huge hurricane = ring of wind. Then major flooding =water....what is your opinion of this? Should america be expecting an earth element related event?

Eh, I think its just more that hurricanes happen around this time of year, and flooding can typically happen after hurricanes.

If you are looking into that theory though, I think the wildfires going on are more fire-sign-ish. Who knows though? Big earthquake?


Wanted to juxtapose the Sun and the Moon for you guys. Both of these pictures were taken at full zoom. In 20 days, the Moon will be covering the Sun, but you can easily see that, in these pictures, the Moon is smaller than the Sun. This is because of where it is in its orbit, just slightly farther from Earth than it will be come eclipse day, on August 21. This shows that the Moon follows an elliptical orbit around Earth, meaning it has two distinct points–aphelion and perihelion–where it is farthest and closest from and to Earth.

A fascinating thing about aphelion and perihelion is that these points revolve around Earth ever so slightly, so that they are never in the same location year to year. This is part of what allows total eclipses to be seen all around world. There are always exactly two points where eclipses can be seen, called lunar nodes, which is where the Moon passes across the Earth-Sun plane (meaning all three objects are exactly level with each other). Every 18 months or so, a lunar node happens to line up between the Earth and the Sun when the Moon is at perihelion (closest to Earth), creating a *total* solar eclipse. Annular “ring of fire” eclipses and partial eclipses occur more often, where the moon is not at perihelion.

Occurring more frequently are lunar eclipses, where the Moon passes behind the Earth-Sun line while crossing a lunar node. Because Earth is larger than the Moon, lunar eclipses last longer than solar eclipses, as it takes Earth’s shadow much, much longer to pass across the Moon, where totality during a total solar eclipse lasts only a few minutes, maximum.

So there’s some of the geometry behind eclipses! Remember to get some solar glasses and look up on August 21! This is a sight that won’t occur over America again until 2024, when it will only pass over the eastern-midwest states, South to North!


A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term  “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.


Alright i know these are kinda shitty but i dont have time for better drawings ;; I’ll re-upload eventually with official refrences.

But in honor of the Lunar Eclipse coming up, have some Espeon and Umbreon variants! Espeons are based off of the sun’s cycle and solar eclipses, while Umbreons are based off of the Lunar cycle and Lunar eclipses. (if you like one of these guys, feel free to use them!)

Espeon Variants:

Solar Minimum- These Espeons are evolved during the Solar Minimum, or when the sun is least active. They make wonderful house pets, especially to those with children due to their natural patience. They also make wonderful service pokemon, as they are easily trained.

Solar Maxiumum (Aka: Spotted)- Spotted Espeons are known for their strong psychic attacks and ferocious nature, they are sought at after by battlers of all kinds. Spotted Espeons are also extremely stubborn, thus only well-experienced battlers should seek to raise one.

Solar Eclipse (Aka: Black Cat): Solar eclipse Espeons are known for their shyness, and befriending one is often not an easy task. While they are still calm, they do not get attached to trainers easily, and even over years of bonding with one of these Espeons, some still do not trust their trainers fully, and will not trust them fully until they have full friendship.

Subvariant: Annular Eclipse Espeons (Aka Ring of Fire): Espeons evovled during an Annular Solar Eclipse will feature a gem that is reddish orange on the outside and fades to black, making it look like a third eye. These espeons are famous for their psychic abilities, which are stronger than average Espeons. They are sought out over the world, and only the most caring of trainers will be able to befriend them, as they are the most shy variant of Espeon.

Partial Eclipse Espeon: Sought out for contests, these Espeons are known for their split markings, as usually one half of their bodies is black while the other is the normal lavender. Each Partial Eclipse Espeon’s patterns are unique to them, including their gem (which can vary from black to orange to red). 

Umbreon Variants:

Crescent Umbreons: Known for their sour nature, Crescent umbreons are one of the most common Umbreons. The reason is unknown, but many scientists are researching into it. 

Quarter Moon Umbreons (Striped):  Striped umbreons are known for their calmness, and make good service pokemon to those who need it. Their stripes can vary, from basic stripes (pictured) to mimicking those of a Purugly or Zebstrika. They are not good for children, however, as roughhousing with this Umbreon species will often end with a nasty bite.

Gibbous Umbreon (Spotted): Spotted umbreons are more of a contest breed, as they are often extroverted and love being in the spotlight. They can pull off a wide variety of beautiful moves. Their spots can vary, but are often large and un-blotted.

Full Moon Umbreon: These Umbreons are often seen being used by search teams during the night, as their large amount of illumination can light up a path with ease, and they are very easy to spot. They are often trained to be calm, but can also pack a punch when it comes to apprehending criminals.

New Moon Umbreon (Starry): Starry Umbreons are known for their dappled markings that emit a soft light. Starry umbreons are often good companions for those who fear the dark, as they make very good night lights, especially for young children. They are the most patient version of Umbreon, and are usually playful with those who they are close to.

Lunar Eclipse Umbreon: The most rare breed of umbreon, and by far the hardest to train. Lunar Eclipse Umbreons are known for their timidness, skittish nature, and hard-hitting attacks. Usually these Umbreon are not afraid to lash out if they feel threatened, and even the most experienced trainers struggle training one of these pokemon. However, once one of these Umbreons are befriended, they are loyal to the end and are even known to sacrifice themselves for their trainers. 

Stargazing events you can't miss in 2014:
  1. January 5th- Jupiter at opposition, best time to view.
  2. March 20th- Asteroid blocks out star.
  3. April 8th- Mars at opposition, best time to view.
  4. April 15th- Total lunar eclipse.
  5. April 28th-29th- Ring of fire eclipse.
  6. May 10th- Saturn at opposition, best time to view.
  7. May 24th- Meteor shower. Remnants of the comet P/209-LINEAR, could be impressive.
  8. June 7th- Conjunction of Mars and the Moon.
  9. August 18th- Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus.
  10. October 8th- Total lunar eclipse.
  11. October 23rd- Partial solar eclipse.