what happens during a solar eclipse?
- JackolanternLv 72 months ago
Confused chickens go back to roosting and coyotes start to prowl.
Owls began their nightly hunt and wolves start to Howell.
- Ronald 7Lv 72 months ago
The Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun
Casting a shadow onto the Earth
- 2 months ago
The moon's shadow moves across the Earth's surface.
- Bill-MLv 72 months ago
The Moon passes between the Sun and The Earth. The Moon's Shadow passes over the surface of the Earth in specific locations.
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- CliveLv 72 months ago
Nothing much. The Earth, Moon and Sun line up in an exact straight line, so as we see it from Earth, the Moon blocks the Sun out for a few minutes. The Moon is still moving in its orbit around Earth so it doesn't last long. But while it's happening, it gets dark and cools down. Not totally dark because the Sun's corona is still shining around the edges of the Moon. This really confuses wildlife - they think night has come early, and when the eclipse ends, birds start singing again.
It just so happens that the Sun and Moon appear to be the same size so we see it like this. If the Moon were further away, it wouldn't block out the whole Sun - occasionally this happens so you still see a ring of Sun around it and that's an annular eclipse instead of a total eclipse.
And also because of this, the shadow the Moon casts on the Earth is only a few miles wide, so you won't see it at all unless you're exactly on the line the shadow traces out, so interested people will travel for miles to see it.
If the Moon's orbit around Earth and the Earth's orbit around the Sun were exactly lined up, there would be a solar eclipse every month at New Moon. But they aren't, they're angled about 5 degrees apart and cross at two places called the nodes. So we only get an eclipse when it's New Moon at a node.
- CarolOklaLv 72 months ago
The Moon and the Sun line up with each other. Since the Moon is closer to the Earth than the Sun is, the Moon seems to cover up the Sun. The Moon is moving west to east orbiting the Earth while the Earth is rotating west to east. The Moon's shadow falls on Earth in a narrow band. Because the distance of the Moon from them Earth varies, often the Moon is too far away to completely cover the Sun. That is when it an annular solar eclipse. Eclipses happen only when the moon is slide to the points where the Sun's apparent orbit and the Moon's orbit intersect. Those points are called apsides. The Moon's orbit is tilted at 5.12° angle to the ecliptic, the plane of Earth's orbit. Lunar and solar eclipses often occur in doubles and sometimes triples 2/weeks apart.
- Anonymous2 months ago
3 guesses. The population increases 9 months later.
- keerokLv 72 months ago
Cookie monster eats the sun, finds it too hot, vomits it.
- martinLv 72 months ago
The moon comes between you and the Sun.
- A.J.Lv 72 months ago
The Moon passes in front of the Sun. Full eclipse darkens.