Solar and Lunar Eclipse
The year 2020 is a treat for all astronomy enthusiasts and sky-gazers as we are set to witness a total of 6 eclipses – 4 Lunar and 2 Solar.
• Solar and Lunar eclipses are caused when the alignment of the Sun, Moon, and the Earth is in a straight line.
• The alignment of three or more celestial bodies in a gravitational system is known as a syzygy.
• In the case of a solar eclipse, the Earth’s view of the sun is blocked by the moon and during a lunar eclipse, the Earth casts its shadow directly on the full moon, preventing the sun’s rays from reaching moon.
• However, the distance between the Earth and the moon at the moment of the eclipse can dictate the type of eclipse that spectators will see. As a result, the moon does not always block out the entire sun.
• The distance between the Earth and the moon is always changing due to the moon’s elliptical, egg-shaped orbit.
• This bright ring of sunlight around the moon at the height of the annular solar eclipse is how it earned the nickname the "ring of fire" eclipse.
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