Solar and Lunar Eclipses

by: Logan Gray

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is a natural event that takes place on Earth when the Moon moves in it's orbit between Earth and the Sun (this is also known as an occultation). It happens at New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction with each other.

What is a lunar eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into it's umbra (shadow). This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. A lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon. The type and length of an eclipse depends upon the Moon's location relative to it's orbital nodes.

solar, lunar, and super moon eclipses

frequently asked questions about eclipses

Why don't eclipses ocurr every new Moon?

Eclipses only occur if the satellite of a planet is located within 0.5 degrees of the plane of the ecliptic, on a line that passes through the center of the Sun and Earth.

Where in the Earth can we observe a solar eclipse?

In contrast with lunar eclipse, that can be viewed from everywhere in the Earth while night time, solar eclipses are only seen through very specific areas. Thus, the eclipse will be total (or annular) over a narrow corridor of a few hundreds of kilometers wide and a few thousands of kilometers corresponding to the path of the Moon shadow over the Earth. In a wider corridor the eclipse will be seen as partial.

Solar eclipse for TWO DAYS!

Tuesday, March 8th 2016 at 11:15pm-2am

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