A solar eclipse rarity
April 2005: Complementing the Moon's packed schedule of events this month, several planets, comets, asteroids, and galaxies prepare to strut their stuff.
The Moon's shadow sweeps eastward across our planet April 8, bringing a rare hybrid solar eclipse to Earth's surface. Along a narrow swath of the Pacific Ocean, the Moon completely covers the Sun for up to 42 seconds. Along a similarly constricted path through Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela, a spectacular "Ring of Fire" will impress observers.