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Lunar Eclipses

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

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Solar Eclipses 


Solar eclipses occur when the new moon blocks the Sun from Earth. However, this can only happen when all three are lined up in the same plane. What is the name of this specific plane? How is it related to Earth’s orbit?

There are two parts to the Moon’s shadow, inner and outer. Name and describe both parts.

Note: Solar eclipses are either partial or total. Both are rare events, creating a few minutes of what appears to be night.

Lunar Eclipses


Lunar eclipses occur when a full moon moves through the Earth’s shadow.

The Earth has two parts to its shadow. What are these parts and what is the relation between these parts and lunar eclipses?

There are three types of lunar eclipses that can occur. What are they and what determines their name?

Exploration: Why does the moon glow red during an eclipse? Look here for guidance.

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