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Naked-Eye Observing - Solar and Lunar Eclipses

A Total Solar Eclipse and a Total Lunar Eclipse are rare and very dramatic events. Even if these eclipses are partial, it is still worth a look. An eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun (Solar Eclipse), and when the Earth comes between the Sun and Moon (Lunar Eclipse).

Because the Moon is much smaller than the Earth, Solar Eclipses are more rare to a specific area on Earth because of the shadow produced by the Moon is small compared to the shadow made by the Earth during a Lunar Eclipse.

For Solar Eclipse dates and times, click here.

A Total Solar Eclipse like this one is an unforgettable sight. Please visit the Solar Viewing Safety page for details on how to safely view this wonderful phenomenon.

One of the effects of a Solar Eclipse is a marked decrease in overall sunlight in the region where the eclipse is occurring. To me, this is as dramatic as the eclipse itself.

Going outside during an eclipse is encouraged - please enjoy this rare event!

For Lunar Eclipse dates and times, click here.

A Lunar Eclipse with the traditional copper appearance is seen here. Only a total lunar eclipse will look this dramatic. The color is the result of red light refracted from sunlight through Earth's atmosphere.

It is perfectly safe to view a Lunar Eclipse - and it is certainly safe to go outside when a Lunar Eclipse is occurring.

This wonderful image is care of the Grasslands Observatory:

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