What causes a solar eclipse?

What causes a solar eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or part of the Sun’s light from reaching the Earth.


What Is a Solar Eclipse?


1. What must happen for a solar eclipse to occur?

A) The Sun must be full.
B) The Moon must be in its new moon phase.
C) The Earth must be in the center of the solar system.
D) The Sun must be in its new phase.


2. Which type of solar eclipse happens when the Moon only covers a part of the Sun?

A) Total solar eclipse
B) Partial solar eclipse
C) Annular solar eclipse
D) Penumbra eclipse


3. What part of the Earth experiences the darkness of a total solar eclipse?

A) The entire Earth
B) Only the side facing the Sun
C) The area in the Moon’s umbra
D) The area in the Moon’s penumbra


4. Why don’t solar eclipses happen every month?

A) Because the Earth’s orbit is elliptical
B) Because the Moon’s orbit is tilted relative to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun
C) Because the Sun moves too quickly
D) Because the Moon is too far away from the Earth


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