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What is the difference between solar eclipse and lunar eclipse? The terms solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse refer to events involving three celestial bodies: the Sun (“solar“), the Moon (“lunar“), and the Earth. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon lines up precisely in front of the Earth so that the Moon blocks the Sun’s rays and the Moon’s shadow falls upon the Earth. In contrast, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon lines up precisely behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the Sun’s rays and the Earths shadow falls upon the Moon. Both events are relatively rare occurrences and only happen when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are exactly or very closely aligned.
The difference between solar and lunar eclipse is fairly easy explained. Some of the more important differences are as follows:
In short, the main difference between solar and lunar eclipse are the relative positions of the Sun, the Moon and the Earth.
While several cultures have myths related to the lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse has always had a more profound effect on society. In some ancient and modern cultures, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as bad omens. For example, in ancient China, a solar eclipse was thought to be the dragon coming to eat the Sun.
As the Moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. Follow these links to understand the various phases of the moon.
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