Lunar Eclipse - Eclipse of the Moon


You have a shadow behind you, when you stand in the sunlight
Same applies to the Earth.  There is a big shadow behind Earth as well.
When the moon moves into this shadow, it is known as an eclipse.



Solar Eclipse - Eclipse of the Sun


This takes place when the Moon comes directly between the Sun and the Earth.
Part of the Earth is in the Moon's shadow.
As a result of Moon blocking out the Sun's rays, the sky goes dark even though it is day-time.
In a total eclipse, you can only see the flames round the edges of the Sun.



Solar eclipse phases:


Phases of a Solar Eclipse


Try this yourself!

Use a torch, a 'big' ball and a 'small' ball to show:

  • an eclipse of the Moon
  • an eclipse of the Sun

Continue... The Solar System


Tags: Eclipse, Solar eclipse, Lunar eclipse, Sun, Earth, Moon




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