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  • Rhona

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    June 18, 2024 at 12:52 pm
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    A solar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, blocking the sun’s light and casting a shadow on a portion of the Earth’s surface. This happens because the apparent size of the moon in the sky is almost the same as the apparent size of the sun, allowing the moon to fully or partially cover the sun’s disk.

    There are a few different types of solar eclipses:

    1. Total solar eclipse: This occurs when the moon completely covers the sun’s disk, allowing the sun’s outer atmosphere (the corona) to be visible. Total solar eclipses are quite rare at any given location on Earth.

    2. Partial solar eclipse: This happens when the moon only partially covers the sun’s disk, leaving the sun’s outer edges visible.

    3. Annular solar eclipse: This occurs when the moon is farther away from the Earth, appearing smaller than the sun. In this case, the moon does not fully cover the sun’s disk, leaving a bright ring (or annulus) of the sun’s surface visible around the moon.

    Solar eclipses happen because the moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted relative to the Earth’s orbit around the sun. This alignment of the sun, moon, and Earth happens a few times per year, but the path of totality (where a total eclipse is visible) is relatively small, making total solar eclipses quite rare at any given location.

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