Today I learned what solar and lunar eclipses are.
A lunar eclipse is something that happens when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow, causing the moon to appear darkened. During a lunar eclipse, the moon revolves around the earth about 2300 miles an hour, according to my science book. It takes 29 days, 12 hours, and 44 minutes for the moon to completely go around the earth during a lunar eclipse. You can see what a lunar eclipse looks like above.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and blocks our view of the sun even though the sun is a thousand times larger than the moon. You can still see the sun’s atmosphere clearly, though. This was interesting to me because the whole sun is blocked and all you see is the moon and the sun’s atmosphere. You can see what a solar eclipse looks like on the right.
On December 10 in the western United States you can see a total lunar eclipse to super-size proportions. It will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2014.
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You can learn more at: http://science.yourdictionary.com/eclipse