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Not “annual”. Annular. Though we get both words from the Latin, annual means yearly, annular means in the form of a ring.
Solar eclipses occur when the Moon moves between the Earth and Sun blocking out the Sun for a brief period of time. As a side note, solar eclipses can only occur during a “new” moon. Which makes sense since the side facing us can't be getting any sunlight.