As I write this a friend of mine is watching a total solar eclipse on a volcanic island on the Molocca Sea. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in front of the sun and blocks out the photosphere; which is the bright part of the sun. The result is a spectacular corona which eventually leads into what is called the diamond effect (See picture).

A total solar eclipse speaks of design and the orderliness of our Creator. Our moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, but the moon is also 400 times closure to us than the sun. This means the sun and the moon appear to be the same size from our vantage point.

Not only do they appear to be the same size but the moon passes perfectly in front of the sun approximately every 18 months at a given place around the world. Today it is happening in and around Indonesia.

In the past this perfect placement has given astronomers a better understanding of our sun such as solar flares better known as prominences.

If the moon was smaller, larger, closer or farther, solar eclipses would not be all that spectacular.

This “perfect fit” does not happen on any other planet in our solar system. Even if we could stand on planets like Jupiter and Saturn with its many moons you would not have the same effect you have here on Earth.

Not only is our planet the only place where you have perfect eclipses, but it is the only place in our solar system where people can appreciate its beauty.

The heavens truly declare the glory of God.

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