When the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, blocking the Sun, a solar eclipse occurs. This only happens during the New Moon phase. The New Moon is the one that seems to have no Moon in the sky. The Moon appears this way because the Sun is behind it rather than in front of it. A solar eclipse can occur gradually or completely.
Facts of Solar Eclipse:
• Occurance of Solar Eclipses per year:
On average, two to five solar eclipses occur every year.
• Partial and Complete Eclipses:
Most solar eclipses are partial and complete eclipses that occur once every year and a half.
• Duration of a Solar Eclipse:
A total solar eclipse can last for about seven and a half minutes.
• Solar Eclipse at North or South Poles:
If you are in the North or South Poles of the Earth, you cannot watch the total eclipse.
• Sarcos Cycle:
Sarcos cycle refers to the repeated solar eclipses that occur every 18 years and 11 days..
• Condition of Animals during Solar Eclipse:
During total eclipse, some animals often become confused or prepare for sleep.
• Decrement of Temperature During Solar Eclipse:
Complete solar eclipses cause the decrement of temperatures up to 20 degrees.
• Superstitions of the People about the Solar Eclipse:
In ancient times, people thought that the eclipse was a sign that the gods were angry or that bad things would happen.
• Appearance of Sunlight during Solar Eclipse :
The day light becomes twilight during Solar Eclipse.
• Appearance of only the corona:
The corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun, can only be seen during a total eclipse.
• Restoration of Day light after Solar Eclipse :
After a total eclipse, it takes about an hour to restore the full sunlight.
• Solar Eclipse is unnoticed:
Because the Moon moves slowly away from the Earth, in about a period of million years the eclipse will hardly be noticed or seen.
• An annular eclipse:
An an annlunar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far from the Earth and therefore causes it to appear as a dark circle surrounded by sunlight.
• Dangers of Solar Eclipse:
Focusing on the full eclipse can cause complete blindness.