The Moon Eclipse is a natural phenomena that we observe from Earth and can present itself in various different ways. The Moon is the Earth only natural satellite which is in synchronous rotation with us, always showing the same face. The Moon´s gravitational influence produces the ocean tides, body tides and the slight lengthening of the day.
Solar eclipses can only occur during a new Moon, when the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun and the three celestial bodies form a straight line: Earth - Moon - Sun.
There are 3 kinds of solar eclipses: total, partial, annular. There is also a rare hybrid that is a combination of two eclipses.
Total Solar eclipses occurs when the Moon completely covers the Sun disk, as seen from Earth. Totality during such an eclipse can only be seen from a very small area on Earth. This area is usually about 100 miles (160 kms) wide and 10,000 miles (16,100 kms) long. Areas outside this track may be able to see a partial eclipse of the Sun.
Partial Solar eclipses can be observed when the Earth, Moon and Sun do not align in a perfectly straight line, and the Moon only partially covers the disc of the Sun. Leaving a lovely ray of light for the Moon and Sun lovers.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon appears smaller than the Sun as it passes centrally across the solar disk and a bright ring, or annulus, of sunlight remains visible during the eclipse.
A hybrid solar eclipse is a rare form of solar eclipse, which changes from an annular to a total solar eclipse along its path.
Solar Eclipse Facts
The Moon does not have its own light. It shines because its surface reflects the Sun's rays. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and blocks the Sun's rays from directly reaching the Moon. Lunar eclipses only happen at full Moon.
There are 3 kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's umbra – the central, dark part of its shadow – obscures all of the Moon's visible surface.
A partial lunar eclipse can be observed when only part of the Moon's visible surface is obscured by the Earth’s umbra.
During the partial phase, the sun, Earth and moon are not quite perfectly aligned, and Earth’s shadow appears to take a bite out of the moon
A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the Moon travels through the faint penumbral portion of the Earth’s shadow.This is the least interesting type of eclipse, because the moon is in Earth’s faint outer (penumbral) shadow. Unless you’re a seasoned skywatcher, you likely won’t notice the effect.
Lunar Eclipse Facts
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