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Solar and Lunar Eclipse

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Lily O'Shea

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Solar and Lunar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse- How is it caused?
A Solar Eclipse is caused when the moon goes in front of the Sun and blocks most of the sun's light from the earth. Your Retina (eye) will get damaged if you look directly into the Sun during a Solar Eclipse.
Lunar Eclipse-How is it caused?
A lunar eclipse is caused when the moon passes through the shadow of the earth. A lunar eclipse can last up to an hour and a half. During a lunar eclipse the moon may turn a reddish colour! Lunar eclipses only occur during a full moon and when the moon is on the ecliptic plane.
Similarities
If you haven't already noticed, they are both eclipses!
With both eclipses, the Sun, Moon and Earth are lined up.
Both eclipses are shadows
Both are observed by people on Earth.
Differences
A Solar Eclipse is dangerous even if you have sun glasses or smoked glasses whereas a Lunar Eclipse is totally safe to look at.
A Solar Eclipse occurs at night and a Lunar Eclipse occurs during the day.
A Lunar Eclipse lasts for a few hours whereas a Solar Eclipse usually lasts only a few minutes.
Topic 5
Eclipses
Some people think that these are the same but they are quite different. Continue to watch the prezi to find out more!
The Sun, Moon and Earth line
up with the Moon in the middle
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