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What is an Eclipse?

An eclipse is just a shadow cast over the earth. A Solar Eclipse is when the Moon crosses the face of the sun, and a Lunar Eclipse is when the moon passes directly behind the earth. A Solar Eclipse is only seen from part of the earth. A Lunar Eclipse is seen very well anywhere on the earth. This makes the moon get a red shade over it. A Solar Eclipse is only seen for about 7 minutes. During a Solar Eclipse the Moon passes the face of the sun at approximately 1, 398 Mph. This is why it is only seen for a few minutes. The Lunar Eclipse lasts for several hours.

Eclipses are amazing to see if you take the time to view them. They don't happen every day, so it's worth the wait.

Lunar Eclipse

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Famous Eclipses

There is one very well known Lunar Eclipse and this eclipse is called The Blood Moon or the Super Moon. This type of eclipse only occurs 2 times a year, this is usually in Mid April and then sometime in mid September. People in the U.S get front row seats to see the eclipse. Lunar Eclipses can be seen with a naked eye.

Main parts of an eclipse

There is two main parts to any eclipse. The first main part is the Umbra and this is the part of the shadow where no light is seen. The other main part is Penumbra, is the outer part of the shadow where light is seen faintly. The sun and the moon play a big part in any eclipse as well. The earth plays the role of the audience because all that they get to do is watch the eclipse form and de-form.

Fun Facts

~ If you lived in the North or South Pole you would only get to see partial Solar Eclipses.

~ If any planets are in the sky during a Solar Eclipse, they would be seen as light.

~ During a Solar Eclipse the weather can change or the temperature will drop.

~ The longest Lunar Eclipse was about 106 minutes long.

~ Lunar Eclipses can predict when a earthquake is going to happen.

Lunar Eclipse Diagram

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Solar Eclipse Diagram

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Eclipse Video

Lunar Vs. Solar Eclipse


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