The Solar Eclipse
During a total solar eclipse, the Moon aligns with the Sun, blocking it entirely. Despite their significant size and distance differences, they appear almost identical to us. The Moon’s diameter is 3,474 km, while the Sun’s is 1,400,000 km, making it 400 times larger. However, the Moon is about 384,403 km from Earth, and the Sun is approximately 150,000,000 km away. This fortuitous alignment makes them appear nearly the same size from our vantage point on Earth. What a remarkable coincidence of nature!