Sun, moon, ratio, and possibility for full solar eclipse.

What makes the solar eclipse possible is that the Moon is about 400 times closer to the Earth than the Sun, yet the Sun is about 400 times larger than the Moon. This means that the apparent size of both the Moon and the Sun is about the same, as seen from Earth.

Because these sizes match up so well, it makes both a total and annular (in which we can see the edges of the Sun) eclipse possible. There is no other planet in our solar system that has this kind of possibility. While there are 166 moons orbiting eight planets in our solar system, the moons are all either too close, too far away, too oddly shaped, too big, or too little to permit it. While Jupiter does have three moons that can block the Sun’s light, the fit is not perfect as it is with the Earth and Moon. Our Earth is the only planet in our solar system that has this design feature. Thus the solar eclipse is against the odds in any solar system. See this link for more information about the solar eclipse.

Is this by sheer chance, or could it be the hand of God that designed it this way? We can look back to Genesis for part of our answer:

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.

The Hebrew word for “signs” is Moed, which means “appointed time”, “meeting”, and “appointed sign”. It is entirely possible and worth considering that the perfect size matchup between our two nearest and most influential heavenly bodies is by divine design, rather than chance. Yet another reason to consider that God exists.