Lunar and Solar Eclipses

Hi, today I will tell you about Lunar & Solar Eclipse. These are very exciting events that occur with the night sky.

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipses occur when earths shadow blocks the sun’s light. The sun, earth, and moon align exactly or very closely. The moon looks red in a Lunar Eclipse because of the earths atmosphere. Lunar eclipses over about twice every single year. Lunar Eclipses only take place on a full moon night. 

This is a Lunar Eclipse taking place.

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse occurs when the the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of the new moon. The duration of the solar eclipse is short it is only 7 & a half minutes. Looking at the sun during the Solar Eclipse can literally burn your retina and make your go blind.

Moon’s shadow on Earth during a Solar Eclipse.
The moon during a solar eclipse.

Recent Lunar Eclipse

A partial lunar eclipses occurred on November 19 2021. This was the longest partial eclipse since 1440, and the longest till 2669. The eclipse started 2:18am EST and ended 5:47am EST. It was quite a sight to see.