~ Solar Eclipse ~
Note: Solar Eclipses occur during the New Moon phase.
Solar Eclipse Note:
The Moon moves in front of the sun, blocking its light from reaching the Earth.
What a coincidence!
The Moon is the exact size and distance to perfectly eclipse the sun.
Below: Types of Solar Eclipses
Below: Solar Eclipses occur on only a small spot on Earth's surface.
Below: Paths of Future Total Solar Eclipses on Earth
Solar Eclipse totality (average duration): 6 minutes.
The Moon eclipses the Sun, but the sun's Corona is still visible.
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NEVER look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse.
Regular UV sunglasses do NOT protect your eyes from damage during an eclipse.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Box Designs
Below: The "Diamond Ring" (left) and "Bailey's Beads" (right)
- There are on average 2.44 Lunar Eclipses per year.
- There are on average 2.38 Solar Eclipses per year.
- The average distance between the Earth and Moon is slowly increasing, by about 4 cm per year. Eventually the Moon will be so far away that solar eclipses won't happen anymore, but this time is still very far off.
- Solar Eclipse totality lasts for only about 6 minutes on average.
- Lunar Eclipse totality last for about 1 3/4 hours on average.
- Solar Eclipses are only visible on a small part of Earth's surface.
- Lunar Eclipses are visible anywhere on the night time side of Earth.
Below: Types of Eclipses
~ Lunar Eclipse ~
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Full Moon to Lunar Eclipse and return to Full Moon
Umbra: Umbrella (shadow zone)
Above: December Lunar Eclipse 2010
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Below: Types of Lunar Eclipses
Question: Why don't we have eclipses every month?
Answer: Because the Moon's orbit is tilted 5.2 degrees off
from the plane of Earth's orbit around the Sun,
so there isn't a perfect line-up of the Sun-Earth-Moon each month.
Note: Lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere on the night time side of the Earth.
Lunar Eclipse Note: The Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the Moon.
Lunar Eclipse Note: The Moon enters Earth's Umbra (Shadow Zone).
~ Moon Phases ~
(and Ocean Tides)
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