The first solar eclipse of 2014 occurs at the Moon's descending node in
This particular eclipse is rather unusual because the central axis of
the Moon's antumbral shadow misses Earth entirely while the shadow edge
grazes the planet.
Classified as a non-central annular eclipse, such events are rare.
Out of the 3,956 annular eclipses occurring during the 5,000-year period
-2000 to +3000, only 68 of them or 1.7% are non-central (Espenak and