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FAQ


What is a total solar eclipse?

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How often do they occur?

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Are there different types of solar eclipses?

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Where can I see the solar eclipse?

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If I’m not on the path of totality, can I still see the eclipse?

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Is it safe to look at the sun?

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What do I need to watch the solar eclipse?

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What else can I do during a solar eclipse?

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Will my electricity keep working during a solar eclipse?

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How can I share the eclipse with my family and friends?

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When was the first ever solar eclipse?

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What are the phases of a solar eclipse?

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Why does the moon look black during a solar eclipse?

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What is the ring around the moon when it’s fully eclipsed the sun?

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Glossary

Thanks to Alex Filippenko and JayPasachoff for their textbook The Cosmos: Astronomy In the New Millennium 

 

Eclipse
Solar
Lunar
Umbra
Penumbra
Nodes

Corona
Radioactive
Wavelengths
Radiation
Earthshine
Totality

Sunrays
Cosmic
Ultraviolet rays
Infrared rays
Parallax
Lunar distance