Information about the solar eclipse

**** IMPORTANT ****
While watching the solar eclipse it is necessary to wear adequate protection glasses, in order not to damage the eyes. Normal sun glasses are not sufficient!

Easily explained
During a solar eclipse, the Moon passes in front of the Sun and therefore covers the Sun, when observed from the Earth. This means that the Moon is positioned exactly between the Sun and the Earth and casts its shadow onto the Earth. This is only possible at the time of the new moon and when some other requirements are met. Depending on whether standing in the partial or core shadow of the Moon, we speak of a partial or total solar eclipse.

The special moment
Because the core shadow is only a few hundred miles wide, the full solar eclipse can only be seen at certain locations on the Earth, and of course only if the sky is not covered by clouds. In the regions of the partial shadow, the eclipse can only be seen partially.

When the complete darkness sets in, which only lasts a few minutes, the brightness of the Sun can decrease to almost as much as during a full moon night. The day will turn literally to night for a few moments, birds will become silent, flowers close their blossoms, and the stars and planets can become visible. No wonder there is such a fascination for people with this moment.


Links
You may find further interesting information about this subject at:

nasa.gov
www.calsky.com


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