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The Fact that the Apparent Size of the Moon & Sun are Equal in a Total Solar Eclipse is One Miraculous Coincidence Indeed

[UPDATE] Eight days after Easter, on April 8th, 2024, a rare total solar eclipse swept across America as it did on August 21st, 2017. The paths of these two Great American Eclipses painted a great X across America bringing the phenomenal sight to millions of Americans from coast to coast.

This map shows the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse, crossing from Oregon to South Carolina, and the 2024 total solar eclipse, crossing from Mexico into Texas, up to Maine, and exiting over Canada. - Ernest Wright/NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
This map shows the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse, crossing from Oregon to South Carolina, and the 2024 total solar eclipse, crossing from Mexico into Texas, up to Maine, and exiting over Canada.
– Ernest Wright/NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

Our human civilizations are treated to total solar eclipses somewhere on Earth every few years. As millions of Americans witnessed this spectacular celestial event, it is a perfect time to contemplate just how rare a total solar eclipse really is. What are the odds that our Moon would be the same apparent size in the sky as our Sun in order to create a total solar eclipse so that we could observe it perfectly cover the Sun revealing the spectacular corona, if everything just happened to arise by chance?

Well, let’s do a simple thought experiment by taking a mindwalk on the beach…

  • Imagine finding a randomly sized boulder on the beach…
– Photo by Eddie Bugajewski on Unsplash
  • Now, turn around and walk a random distance away from the boulder.
  • Look down and pick up a randomly sized pebble.
– Photo by Colton Brown on Unsplash
  • Hold the pebble up a random distance from your eye.
  • Now, turn back toward the boulder so the pebble is in the line of sight to the boulder.

What are the odds that the randomly sized pebble, held a random distance from your eye, standing a random distance from the randomly sized boulder, will visually be virtually the exact same size as the boulder?

Virtually zero…

Yet during a total solar eclipse our Moon is visually the same size as the Sun and so perfectly covers it that it reveals the spectacular corona for us to see in all its glory… even though our Moon is a randomly sized chunk of stone, orbiting a random distance from the Earth, while our Earth orbits a random distance from our Sun, which is a randomly sized star… What are the odds that all those random elements line up so perfectly to reveal the Sun’s spectacular, normally invisible, corona to us, without specific design and fine tuning?

Virtually zero…

Let’s further break this down into mathematical terms. The phenomenon of a total solar eclipse is due to the fact that the visible size of the Moon and the Sun are virtually exactly the same size when the Moon passes exactly in front of the Sun. The visible size of celestial objects is determined by a simple formula called the small angle formula and is stated as: 𝜃 = D/d, where ‘D’ is the diameter of an object and ‘d’ is the distance to that object.

So, in a total solar eclipse, the relative size of the Moon and the Sun are the same, stated as: 𝜃 = D1/d1 = D2/d2, where ‘D1’ is the diameter of the Moon, ‘d1’ is the distance to the Moon, ‘D2’ is the diameter of the Sun and ‘d2’ is the distance to the Sun.

Total Solar Eclipse: Revealing the Signature of God. 𝜃 = D1/d1 = D2/d2 If D1, d1, D2 and d2 were all created randomly, then how does D1/d1 = D2/2d?

So, if D1, d1, D2 and d2 were all created entirely randomly, how is D1/d1 equal to D2/d2?

That is one very miraculous coincidence…

Oh, and by the way, the Moon is slowly moving away from Earth. Eventually, there will no longer be any total solar eclipses on Earth. So, they just happen to exist while human civilization also happens to be on Earth in order to appreciate them… and to learn from them, such as the total solar eclipse over 100 years ago that proved Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

Albert Einstein

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God: a Scientist’s View of the Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse
– Photo by Luc Viatour

The beauty of the eclipse is just the beginning, for as King David says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1 ESV). Solar eclipses confess the existence and work of God as one of many examples of fine tuning. The moon, though 400 times smaller than the sun, is situated in an orbit around the Earth that makes its angular size (its apparent size on the sky) the same as the sun. If the moon were further out, as happens when it is at apogee, we would only have annular eclipses. If the moon were closer, it would block out the corona of the sun. During the totality of a solar eclipse, however, the moon is nearly perfectly situated such that we can see the normally invisible corona that serves as the foundation of the solar wind.

Dr. Paul Edmon

The Heavens Declare Astronomy Series

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”

Psalm 19:1-6 KJV

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”

Genesis 1:14-18 KJV

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Matthew 24:29-35 KJV

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