Solar Eclipses

Solar Eclipse is an eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon revolving in its orbit around the earth comes between the sun and the earth. The moon blocks the light of the sun and a shadow of the moon is cast over the earth's surface.Solar eclipses occur at intervals of just under six months.

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Who invented the solar eclipse?

No one invented the solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Benjamin Banneker was the first person to be able to successfully forecast a solar eclipse in 1789.

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What is the major factor that governs whether a solar eclipse is total rather than annular when viewed from the center of the eclipse path on Earth?

Mainly the distance between the Moon and Earth.

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Can sun burn the moon in a solar eclipse?

No, although it looks like its close to the sun it is just an optical illusion it is still many millions of miles from the sun.

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Is sun stable or not?

Our Sun is a stable star but, that's not the way things will always be. In about 6.4 billion years from now the Sun's Hydrogen fuel supply will run low. Then the Sun will swell up and will become about 100,000,000 miles across during it's Red Giant phase. It will become about the size of were earths orbit is and devour it. Mercury, Venus, and Earth will have been engulfed in the Sun. The outer planets will live on. After the red giant phase, the sun will explode in a supernova and all that will be left is the core. The outer planets warmed up during the red giant phase and will continue to orbit the white dwarf core.

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What is Japanese word meaning Solar eclipse?


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What is the name of the light visible during a solar eclipse due to the Moon's rough surface?

The visible light around the rough Moon surface during a solar eclipse is caled Baily's Beads.

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What makes a solar eclipse?

When the sun is blocked of from the earth by the moon. Only people that are directly under the moon can see it perfectly.

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Why are there so few lunar and solar eclipses?

They aren't rare at all. There are generally two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses each year; rarely none, but sometimes as many as five!

Lunar eclipses are a common sight, because they happen ON THE MOON, in plain sight of half of the planet. Solar eclipses seem more rare, because each one covers only a narrow path across the Earth. And since the Earth is 3/4 water, about 3/4 of all eclipse viewing opportunities are also over water.

To see the catalog of all eclipses from 2000 BCE to 3000 AD, check out the NASA Eclipse Page at the link below.

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Why should you not hold knife during solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is when the Moon covers the disk of the Sun - hence everything becomes dark, like a night. In the same way that you wouldn't do anything with a knife in the dark normally, you wouldn't want to risk cutting yourself during the time that the solar eclipse is taking place - you won't be able to see to fix it for about four minutes, after all.

I think the questioner is implying that holding a knife during a solar eclipse is a superstition in some cultures. Also, even during a total solar eclipse it never gets as dark as the middle of the night; there is still plenty of diffused light from the corona. It feels and looks like a few minutes after sunset.

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Why spring tides do not cause solar eclipse?

Eclipses are not caused by tides. For a solar eclipse, the Moon must be between the Earth and the Sun.

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When is the next solar eclipse visible from TN?

August 21, 2017 - Total eclipse

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And What happens after a solar eclipse is over with?

Life goes on, the Sun continues to shine. There will be another eclipse in 6 months, somewhere else in the world.

We get eclipses because of the arrangement of the Sun, the Moon and the Earth, and nothing here has changed in at least 4 billion years. We can calculate the exact time and location of eclipses for thousands of years in the future.

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Why can't you look directly at a solar eclipse?

There are UV rays still glaring down from the visible prominences of the sun which can cause serious damage to the human eye. one of the ways to view this amazing cosmic event is get a certain camera filter with a certain filter.

The other reason being, when there is eclipse, there is darkness and hence the pupil in our eye expand to absorb more light in order to see better. But when the moon moves further there is a sudden burst of light coming in and our pupils are still expanded(it takes more time for it to settle down) by then the burst of light directly falling on the eyes would have caused a lot of harm.

Added to this, during eclipse, the curiosity makes us stare at the sun for longer then the usual glance that we do of a fraction of second. This adds to the side-effects caused to the eyes during a solar eclipse.

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A solar eclipse is most likely to occur when the?

The solar eclipse is most likely to occur at the the time of new moon when Sun, Earth and moon are perfectly aligned.

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When was the last total solar eclipse in California?

September 10, 1923.

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What to do during solar eclipse?

Look at the Sun through some VERY dark filters (for example, welding glasses), and enjoy. Warning: Do NOT look at the Sun through a telescope, not even with a dar filter. However, you can project the image from a telescope onto a piece of paper.

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What are some superstitious beliefs of solar eclipse?

Solar eclipses have frightened humankind throughout history and into pre-history.

The ancient attributed the phenomenon to some spirit or god being displeased and swallowing, eating or in some other way removing the sun from the sky.

Various cultures have dealt with this by praying, making sacrifice, or making noise to either placate or drive off the spirit or god.

Solar eclipses where often seen as the portent of coming changes in political fields. Some saw them as the forerunner of war others thought it predicted the death of a monarch.

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How often does a solar eclipse occur?

During the 20th Century, there were 228 solar eclipses. Some years had as few as one,

and other years had as many as five. But on the average for the 100 years, there were

2.28 per year, or roughly one every 160 days on the long-term average.

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During Solar eclipse can we eat?

Oh yes, not a problem.


Only a snack; the total phase of a solar eclipse lasts a MAXIMUM of 7 minutes 30 seconds, and if you are in the path of the solar eclipse (and KNEW that!) you'd be outside watching the eclipse, right? So you really wouldn't have TIME to eat much.

And it's difficult to eat while you're looking up....

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Is the Total solar Eclipse going over Oklahoma?

No, according to CNN: "The eclipse -- the moon passing in front of the sun -- will begin in Arctic Canada around 0945 GMT, sweep across Greenland, pass through western Siberia, Mongolia and end in central China more than an hour and a half later". Oklahoma is too far south for this total solar eclipse.

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When will the next total solar eclipse happen?

As of September 28, 2010, the next total solar eclipse will occur on November 13, 2012. It will be visible from a few places in far northern Australia. After that, the next total solar eclipse will be on March 20, 2015, covering a remote path across the North Atlantic through the Iceland/UK gap and into the Norwegian Sea. The island of Spitzbergen will have an excellent view!

Update: As of today (May 30 2012) the "next" total solar eclipse will be on November 13, 2012. The path of totality will include the northern tip of Australia and a vast swath of the South Pacific Ocean.

The next total solar eclipse in North America will be on August 21, 2017. The path of totality will cross the entire country from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

You can seen the catalog of eclipses on the NASA Eclipse Web Site at the link below.

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How do you troubleshoot a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse?

Use the troubleshooting guide. Plus, check for bulletins. I believe there's an inhibit relay problem that may be applicable here.

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How often do lunar and solar eclipses occur?

Lunar Eclipses (the darkening of a full moon by the shadow of the Earth) occur every 6 months, and total lunar eclipses normally come in sets of three, followed by three partial eclipses.

The lunar eclipse of June 26, 2010 is a partial eclipse visible mainly in Australia. There will be total lunar eclipses on December 21 (2010), June 15 (2011), and December 10 (2011).

Solar Eclipses (shadow of the Moon partially or fully blocking the Sun) can occur two to five times a year, but the majority are partial eclipses. Total eclipses occur about once every 18 months, and affect a very limited area. The maximum coverage of the solar disk lasts between 6 and 7.5 minutes.

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