eclipse was a special kind called an "annular eclipse."
During an annular eclipse, the moon passes directly in front of the sun,
but doesn't completely cover it because the moon's disk appears smaller
than the disk of the sun. The annular phase of an eclipse can only be seen
from a very narrow track called the path of annularity. Although the annular
path for this eclipse was nearly 14,000 kilometers long, it was only 13
to 78 kilometers wide.
The shadow's path began in Indonesia, traversed the Pacific Ocean, crossed
Guam, and reached totality 2600 miles northwest of the Hawaiian Islands.
Totality was brief, a mere 26 seconds. The shadow continued past the southern
tip of Baja, California, and ended 30 kilometers south of Puerto Vallarta,