Group R Eclipses

An eclipse happens when a naturally occurring object is temporarily concealed, either by passing through the shadow of another object or by having another object pass between it and the viewer. The term eclipse is most often used to describe a solar eclipse, when the Moon's shadow crosses the Earth's surface, or a lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow.

The 5 stages to a solar eclipse are:

1. Partial eclipse The Moon's shadow starts to appear over the Sun's disc. The sun looks as if a bite has been taken from it.
2.Total eclipse begins Almost all the suns disc is covered and the diamond ring effect may be apparent.
3.Maximum eclipse or totality this is the most dramatic stage of the eclipse and almost all of the suns disc is covered. Only the edge of the sun is visible. the sky will go dark at this point and the temperature may drop.
4. Total eclipse ends at this point the moons shadow starts to move away and the sun reappears.
5.Partial eclipse ends the moon stops overlapping the sun and the eclipse has ended.

A Lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the earths shadow and blocks the light from the sun, giving the effect that the moon disappears.

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