What is a Lunar Eclipse? A lunar eclipse is an eclipse in which the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth's shadow. There a 3 types of lunar eclipses, partial, full, and prenumbral. During a partial lunar eclipse only a portion of the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow. Some lunar eclipse can last up to 3 hour and 45 minutes. Three times a year is the maximum time a lunar eclipse usually occurs. A full lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly in front of a full moon. When the Moon passes through the prenumbral shadow of the Earth, a prenumbral lunar eclipse has occurred.
What is a solar eclipse? As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks ("occults") the Sun. Depending on the geometry of the Sun, Moon, and Earth, there can be between 2 and 5 solar eclipses each year. A total solar eclipse can happen once every 1-2 years. This makes them very rare events. The longest a total solar eclipse can last is 7.5 minutes. he width of the path of totality is usually about 160 km across and can sweep across an area of Earth’s surface about 10,000 miles long.
What is a Umbra? The fully shaded inner region of a shadow cast by an opaque object, especially the area on the earth or moon experiencing the total phase of an eclipse.
What is a penumbra eclipse? The partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object. Astronomy the shadow cast by the earth or moon over an area experiencing a partial eclipse.


Created with images by NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "Solar Eclipse - November 13, 2012" • Rohvannyn - "full moon supermoon moon" • Ravenshoe Group - "Solar Eclipse - Tree Silhouette" • DVS1mn - "Hunter's Moon Eclipse" • Conanil - "Red Light"

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