Solar Eclipse Facts

If the Moon passes from the path of the Earth and at the same time the moon is blocking the Sun. This happens only at a New Moon phase. A New Moon is but one that looks like there's no Moon in the sky. The Moon appears in this way since the Sun is behind it as opposed to in front. A solar eclipse may appear partially or even entirely.

Fascinating Solar Eclipse Facts:

1. On average, there are not less than 2 and a maximum of 5 solar eclipses per year.

2. Most solar eclipses tend to be partial having a total solar eclipse taking place once every 1 and a half years.

3. A total solar eclipse may last as long as 7 and half minutes.

4. If you're on the North or South Pole, you can't notice a total solar eclipse.

5. The Sarcos Cycle refers back to the repeating cycles associated with solar eclipses which usually occur every 18 years and 11 days.


Solar Eclipse Facts6. It isn't smart to look directly at a total solar eclipse, it is recommended to be viewed by a pinhole projector.

7. During a total solar eclipse, a few animals often act confused or even sleep.

8. A total solar eclipse leads to a reduction in temperature up to 20 degrees.

9. In ancient times, people believed an eclipse would be a sign of gods being angry or bad things were about to happen.

10. During a complete solar eclipse morning looks like twilight.

What is Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse in once the Moon passes while watching Sun casting a shadow on earth (this is also referred to as an auscultation). Since the Sun's distance through Earth is about 400 times the Moon's distance and also the Sun's diameter is just about 400 times the Moon's diameter, the Sun as well as the Moon as seen from Earth seems to be approximately exactly the same size. There are numerous types of eclipses; partial, annular as well as total.

1/Partial Solar Eclipse: Happens when the Moon doesn't lineup with the Sun exactly just partially obscuring it.

2/Annular Solar Eclipse:  If the Moon will be further from the Earth and/or the Earth is nearer to the Sun the Moon can look smaller compared to the Sun therefore during an eclipse won't entirely cover it appearing like a bright ring encircling the Moon.

3/Total Solar Eclipse: Takes place when the Moon completely obscures the Sun enabling the fainter solar corona being visible.

During a Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves while watching Sun as observed from a location on the planet. During a solar eclipse, it gets dimer and dimmer outside as more and more of the Sun is covered by the Moon. Throughout a total eclipse, the complete Sun is covered for some minutes plus it becomes extremely dark outside. The temperature outside also drops.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial solar eclipses could be observed more frequently than total solar eclipses since the Moon's distance from Earth does not matter as well as the area when a partial solar eclipse can be viewed is a lot larger. A partly hidden Sun is visible from Earth during New Moon, any time the Sun is near among the nodes with the lunar orbit, therefore Earth, Sun as well as Moon approximately forms a straight line, and also the observer is situated in the Moon's penumbra.

1/The Moon's orbit and lunar nodes

The Earth involves the Sun, as well as the Moon circles the Earth. Throughout New Moon, the Moon passes approximately between Earth and Sun.

2/The Moon's shadow

Like all other object's shadow, the Moon's shadow contains three different areas: the actual innermost as well as darkest part (umbra), the lighter, outer part (penumbra), plus an area beyond the umbra that's only visible from Earth if the Moon reaches apogee (ant umbra). To see a partial solar eclipse, the observer has to be based in the penumbra.

Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular eclipse takes place when the Sun and Moon tend to be exactly in line; however the apparent size of the Moon is smaller in contrast to the Sun. Consequently the Sun seems as an extremely bright ring, or even annulus, encircling the dark disk with the Moon.

A hybrid eclipse (also known as annular/total eclipse) shifts from a total and annular solar eclipse. At certain points on the surface of Earth seems like a total eclipse, while at other points seems like as annular. Hybrid eclipses are relatively rare.