An eclipse is when one celestial object gets
in front of the sun and casts a shadow on another
In a solar eclipse, the moon is between
the Earth and sun, and part of the Earth falls
under the moon's shadow.
In a lunar eclipse, the Earth is
between the sun and the moon and casts a shadow on
It's not possible for the sun to get between
the Earth and moon (because the distance between
the Earth and moon is smaller than the distance
from the Earth to the sun), but other planets can
be on the other side of the sun, in which case we
call it an occultation.
Click Here to return to the search form.