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What Is a Solar Eclipse?
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What Is a Solar Eclipse?

The sun is partially or totally covered. Stars can appear in the middle of the day. And birds may even start singing as if it's dawn or dusk. These rare events only last a few minutes, but their impact can be great.

Investigate what happens in the sky — and on our planet — when the new moon passes between Earth and the sun.

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Eclipse Interactive

Eclipse Interactive

Adjust the moon’s orbital tilt, distance from Earth, and size to make your own solar and lunar eclipses take place. More...

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McGraw-Hill
About Eclipses

About Eclipses

When the Earth, the sun, and the moon all line up, an eclipse is likely to take place. Find out what happens to produce a lunar or a solar eclipse. More...

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Amazing Facts

Amazing Facts

Did you know that 7.5 minutes is the longest a total solar eclipse can last? Or that eclipse shadows travel nearly 5 times faster at the poles than at the equator? Get more little-known facts. More...

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NASA
What to See During an Eclipse

What to See During an Eclipse

Baily's beads, diamond ring, and first contact though fourth — there's a lot to see "inside the path of totality." More...

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Exploratorium
A How-To Guide for Viewing Eclipses

A How-To Guide for Viewing Eclipses

Create a pinhole projector to safely view a solar eclipse. Running short on time? Grab two pieces of cardboard and use the quick-and-easy method instead. More...

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Exploratorium
Eclipse Movie

Eclipse Movie

Investigate the magnificent celestial events called eclipses. Then take a quiz to check your eclipse smarts. More...

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KidsKnowIt.com
Observe Solar Eclipses

Observe Solar Eclipses

What's the best way to spot differences between the three types of solar eclipses? Watch this animation of them in action from start to finish. More...

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McDougal Littell
Solar Eclipses for Beginners

Solar Eclipses for Beginners

Don't let the title fool you. From the phases of the moon and types of solar eclipses — including the "oddball hybrid eclipse" — to maps, predictions, and photography, you'll find it all here. More...

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MrEclipse.com
Table of Solar Eclipses

Table of Solar Eclipses

Wondering when the last solar eclipse was? Or when you can see the next partial, annular, or total eclipse? Check out this table with dates and viewing locations. More...

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