Solar Eclipse Facts

Solar Eclipse Facts
When the Moon passes through the path between the Earth and the Sun blocking the Sun, a solar eclipse occurs. This occurs only during a New Moon phase. A New Moon is one that appears as if there is no Moon in the sky. The Moon appears this way because the Sun is behind it instead of in front. A solar eclipse can occur partially or totally.
Interesting Solar Eclipse Facts:
On average, there are no less than 2 and no more than 5 solar eclipses per year.
Most solar eclipses are partial with a total solar eclipse occurring once every 1 and a half years.
A total solar eclipse can last as long as 7 and a half minutes.
If you are at the North or South Poles, you cannot view a total solar eclipse.
The Sarcos Cycle refers to the repeating cycles of solar eclipses which occur every 18 years and 11 days.
It is not wise to look directly at a total solar eclipse and instead should be viewed through a pinhole projector.
During a total solar eclipse, some animals tend to act confused or prepare for sleep.
A total solar eclipse causes a decrease in temperature of up to 20 degrees.
In ancient times, people thought an eclipse was a sign that the gods were angry or that bad things were about to happen.
During a total solar eclipse day time looks more like twilight.
The corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun, can only be seen during a total solar eclipse.
After a total solar eclipse, it takes about an hour before total day light is restored.
Because the Moon is slowly drifting away from Earth, in about a million years a solar eclipse will not even be noticeable.
An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth therefore causing it to appear as a black circle surrounded by sunlight
Looking directly at a total solar eclipse can cause total blindness.

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