Solar and Lunar Eclipses
by: Logan Gray
What is a lunar eclipse?
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.