February 26, 2017

On February 26 1616, Galileo Galilei was formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church for teaching or defending the view that the Earth obits the sun. Interestingly enough, this is also the date of the 2017 annular solar eclipse. An annular eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon. The 2017 eclipse is only visible in the southern hemisphere, but you can watch it live on the Slooh Astronomy Network.

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