-There are only two kinds of
A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth moves between
the Sun and the moon, blocking part of the Sun's light from
reaching the moon. During a lunar eclipse, Earth's shadow
lies on the moon partly or completely obscuring it resulting
into partial or total Lunar eclipse.
Types of Lunar eclipse
1. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
The Moon passes through Earth's penumbral shadow.
Event is very subtle and quite difficult to observe.
2. Partial Lunar Eclipse
A portion of the Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow.
It can be easily , even with the unaided eye.
3. Total Lunar Eclipse
The entire Moon passes through Earth's umbral shadow.
This is quite striking for the vibrant range of colors the
Moon can take on during the total phase.
In a solar eclipse, the moon moves between the Earth
and the Sun. When this happens, part of the Sun's light
is blocked. The skybecomes darker as the moon starts moving
in front of the Sun. When the moon and Sun are in a perfect
line, it is called a total eclipse. Total solar eclipses
are very rare seen only once in person's lifetime. There
are partial , total and annular solar eclipses also . In
an annular solar eclipse the Moon disc is not completely
able to cover the Sun's disc thereby leaving radial regions
through which the light comes through.
To see a total solar eclipse,
one has to be on the the right spot on the earth. Total
solar eclipses occur because appearance wise Sun and Moon
both look the same size in the sky. (one-half degree in
diameter). Actually they're not really the same size.
The sun's diameter is nearly
400 times the moon's diameter. However the sun is also 400
times further away from the earth,hence its diameter apparently
looks the same as the moon's. The "path of totality"
is never more than 167 miles in diameter, and is usually
less. This means that very few people have seen a total
eclipse as the shadow only covers a very small area on the
For Total Solar eclipse to occur New moon is necessary .
This phase of the Moon occurs when the Sun is almost directly
behind the Moon, and we see only a sliver of the Sun's light
reflected by the Moon. During this time the Moon and the
Sun appear close together. The second event that must occur
is that the Moon must be in the right position, directly
in the line of sight between the Earth and the Sun.
If you are still unclear about the concepts, please refer