Solar eclipse Facts
An Eclipse that occurs Moon passes between the Sun and Earth
- Solar eclipse occurs when Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, as seen from Earth.
- Earth is the only place where Solar eclipses occur.
- Carbondale, Illinois is the only place where solar eclipse can be seen both on August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024.
- A total eclipse is one in which the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon.
- A total solar eclipse occurs every one and half year.
- A total solar eclipse can last as long as 7 and a half minutes.
- A total solar eclipse decreases the temperature by up to 20 degrees.
- An annual eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth therefore causing it to appear as a black circle surrounded by sunlight.
- Only partial solar eclipses can be observed from the North and South Poles.
- Almost identical eclipses occur after 18 years and 11 days. This is known as the Saros Cycle.
- Special eye protection or indirect viewing techniques should be used to view a Solar eclipse.
- Looking directly at a total solar eclipse can cause total blindness.
- As many as two to five solar eclipses occur in a year.
- 1693, 1758, 1805, 1823, 1870, and 1935 are the years in which five solar eclipses occurred.
- 2206 is the next year in which there will be five solar eclipses.