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Lunar and Solar Eclipses!


               Lunar Eclipse                            

Solar Eclipse


Please go through the tutorial below to get a brief introduction to our topic in class tomorrow... Lunar and solar eclipses. You will be asked to complete a short quiz at the end to confirm that you understood the information in the tutorial and will be prepared for the activities we will be completing in class tomorrow!

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs more often than a solar eclipse because the shadow of the earth is much bigger than the shadow of the moon on the earth during a solar eclipse.

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is just the opposite of a lunar eclipse. When the sun, moon and earth are in alignment, the moon blocks out the sunlight from reaching a small section of the earth. It casts a shadow on that area of the earth. See the diagram below.


Important Note: It is very dangerous to look at the sun during a solar eclipse. The shadow from the moon allows people to look directly at the harmful rays and light from the sun and cause severe damage to your eyes.

Watch a lunar and solar eclipse in motion!

Watch this short video to experience what you would see during a lunar and solar eclipse as well as the postions of the earth, sun and moon during these different phenomenons.

Why are solar eclipses only seen in some places?

Try it out!

Finally! Try creating your own lunar and solar eclipse by clicking the link below. Notice the positions of the sun, moon, and earth during both a lunar and solar eclipse. Pay attention to what each look like as they are occurring!

Take a Quiz

After reviewing the information above, please take this short quiz. Thanks!