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7.07.2012

Eclipses

Can it be a coincidence that although the moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, it is also 400 times closer than the sun, such that the apparent size of the moon equals that of the sun?

I would say yes it is a coincidence, although fundamentalist religious people may disagree (but they could make a lot stronger case for an eclipse loving God using this fact than some of the other unscientific claims about the age of the earth and what fossils tell us...). In any case, thanks to this fact, we have eclipses that allow scientists to get a good look at and study the corona (atmosphere) of the sun.

Yes, I watched an episode of a documentary series about the universe and I learned a lot about the sun, even things I did not already know.

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