The Annular Eclipse
The Annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line but the moon appears smaller than the sun. During an annular eclipse, the sun appears as a bright ring around the moon. Like a total eclipse, the moons elliptical orbit plays a role in whether an eclipse will be annular. When the moon is at its farthest point from Earth, it appears smaller than the sun, and can therefore cause an annular eclipse.