Total Eclipse vs. Annular Eclipse

But due to the Moon's Elliptical Orbit, two types of Solar Eclipses can be observed:
  1. Annular Eclipse
  2. Total Eclipse
Annular Eclipses
When the Moon is further away from the Earth.
Total Eclipses
When the Moon is closer to the Earth.
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