Definition of Eclipse
“the obscuration of the light of the moon by the intervention of the earth
between it and the sun (lunar eclipse) or the obscuration of the light of
the sun by the intervention of the moon between it and a point on the
earth (solar eclipse).”
“an astronomical event that occurs when one celestial object moves
into the shadow of another, partially or fully obscuring it from view.”
“An eclipse occurs at those times when the Moon moves into a position
of direct alignment with the Sun and the Earth.”
Definition of Eclipse
An Eclipse occurs when one celestial object
(Planet, Star, Moon,etc) blocks the light of
another celestial object, blocking the view of
the celestial object partially or completely.
There are 3 types of Eclipses
- Solar Eclipses
- Lunar Eclipses
- Annular Eclipses
Solar Eclipses occurs when the moon
passes directly between the Sun and the
Earth, blocking out the Sun.
Lunar Eclipses occurs when the moon and
the Sun are on opposite sides of the Earth.
There are 2 types of Solar Eclipses, Total Solar
Eclipses and Partial Solar Eclipses.
This is an Example of a Total Solar Eclipse:
Picture taken from:
Total Solar Eclipses
In the narrow path of totality, the moon
seems to have blocked out the sun
completely, turning daylight in darkness.
However, in the penumbra, people would
experience a partially blocked out sun,
where the moon only blocks out part of the
Partial Solar Eclipses
The picture before this was a Partial Solar
The moon was blocking part of the sun,
hence, a partial solar eclipse.
Partial Solar Eclipses happens when the
penumbra hits the Earth but the path of
totality missed the Earth, either going above
the North Pole or going below the South
This occurs when the moon’s umbra passes
across the Earth, but is not quite long enough to
touch the surface; the shadow cone diminishes to
a point before reaching the Earth.
This happens when the moon is farther out of the
orbit around the Earth. Hence, the moon appears
smaller and hence a ring of sunlight remains
around the moon.
This occurs when the Moon and the Sun are
directly opposite of each other around the
The Moon would turn dark, sometimes