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Witness a Solar Eclipse

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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. This can happen only at new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.

If the Moon were in a perfectly circular orbit, a little closer to the Earth, and in the same orbital plane, there would be total solar eclipses every month. However, the Moon's orbit is inclined (tilted) at more than 5 degrees to the Earth's orbit around the Sun (see ecliptic), so its shadow at new moon usually misses Earth. Earth's orbit is called the ecliptic plane as the Moon's orbit must cross this plane in order for an eclipse (both solar as well as lunar) to occur. In addition, the Moon's actual orbit is elliptical, often taking it far enough away from Earth that its apparent size is not large enough to block the Sun totally. The orbital planes cross each other at a line of nodes resulting in at least two, and up to five, solar eclipses occurring each year; no more than two of which can be total eclipses.[1][2] However, total solar eclipses are rare at any particular location because totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth's surface traced by the Moon's shadow or umbra.

An eclipse is a natural phenomenon. Nevertheless, in some ancient and modern cultures, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as bad omens. A total solar eclipse can be frightening to people who are unaware of its astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear during the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

Since looking directly at the Sun can lead to permanent eye damage or blindness, special eye protection or indirect viewing techniques are used when viewing a solar eclipse. It is technically safe to view only the total phase of a total solar eclipse with the unaided eye and without protection; however, this is a dangerous practice, as most people are not trained to recognize the phases of an eclipse, which can span over two hours while the total phase can only last up to 7.5 minutes for any one location. People referred to as eclipse chasers or umbraphiles will travel to remote locations to observe or witness predicted central solar eclipses

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Michael Mileham

Nov 12 at 20:52 pm
Witnessed multiple

XCrossyX XMotoX

Dec 10 at 12:41 pm
amazing

Sofia Duarte

Nov 14 at 03:25 am
Portugal

vanessa schroll

Nov 10 at 05:08 am
Went while on contract in Albuquerque. We watched it in the UNM parking lots because they were the only place that still had the glasses.

Siru Wallin

Nov 03 at 01:33 am
As a kid or teen.

Eng Shaima

Aug 17 at 12:13 pm
تمت

Fabiana van der Heiden

Apr 16 at 00:30 am
only through glasses

Greta Burokaitė

Feb 15 at 16:48 pm
at work

Amanda Wellbo

Feb 15 at 09:26 am
dont remember when

Eleanor Fields

Feb 15 at 08:58 am
it happened at school. we would stop doing our work, and the teacher would take us in groups so we could see it.

Evie Sanders

Feb 14 at 15:19 pm
don't remember when

Milena Petkova

Feb 14 at 02:08 am
i think i have seen it twice and it wasn't so spectacular as they said

Dan D

Feb 13 at 19:14 pm
123

cherri massey

Feb 07 at 00:24 am
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Ana Bessa

Feb 02 at 14:45 pm
it was a few years ago, but awesome

Courtney Far

Jan 29 at 21:23 pm
I was in a class and had to use welding goggles to shield my eyes

Danielle Ziss

Jan 23 at 19:20 pm
I was blinded by the light.

Lauri C

Jan 22 at 09:53 am
...

glitter dust

Jan 18 at 23:35 pm
done was amazing

Alina Masotti

Jan 08 at 02:35 am
Beautiful.

Inês Marques

Jan 06 at 21:24 pm
isa

Kayla Chambers

Jan 03 at 02:47 am
dint remember exact date but I remember it was in 3rd grade!

Viviana White

Dec 31 at 17:48 pm
I England , but im not too sure about the exact date

Denice Hansen

Dec 29 at 00:47 am
not that special

Shannon Kokkonen

Dec 28 at 07:09 am
built eclipse boxes at school

Billie Andrews

Dec 06 at 23:52 pm
great

Billie Andrews

Dec 06 at 23:52 pm
great

Dániel Koltai

Nov 07 at 21:41 pm
I was just a child.

Shawna Liddy

Oct 30 at 22:27 pm
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