Eclipses are important events in astrology. They usually occur twice per calendar year and can come in a pair or a threesome. They mark significant periods in an individuals life if they aspect any personal points or planets in someones chart. The effect of an eclipse lasts approximately six months until the next set of eclipses.
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Solar and Lunar Eclipses are the interesting phenomena in the sky. Learning about them is very interesting as you come to know about the facts of our universe.
Lets explore this topic of weird science in this video. This will teach you how, why and when the eclipses occurs. You will also learn about the difference between solar and Lunar eclipses.
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A solar eclipse can only occur during a New Moon, when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun to create a ‘Moon sandwich’ effect that gives the visual illusion of an eclipse.
There are four types of eclipses that can be seen from Earth. The most dramatic is a ‘total eclipse,’ which happens when the Sun is completely superimposed by the disc of the Moon, leaving only a bright corona shining behind the Moon.
In order to see a total eclipse, you must be in the direct path of the Sun-and-Moon alignment. An ‘annular eclipse,’ in which the Sun and Moon are exactly in line but the Moon is smaller than the Sun, shows a bright ring surrounding the outline of the Moon.
A ‘hybrid eclipse’ is in between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the Earth it appears as a total eclipse, but at other locations, it appears to be annular.
A ‘partial eclipse’ occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line, and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. The Sun looks like a bite has been taken out of it.
Solar eclipses last only a few minutes and should always be viewed with protective glasses. Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye, because eye damage may result — and quickly! Since Earthlings are dependent on the Sun’s rays for light, warmth and agriculture, it’s no wonder that common folk have historically feared eclipses, when the Sun appears to be eaten up by an invisible, but incredibly powerful, mysterious being.
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A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up with one another, creating an ‘Earth sandwich.’ A lunar eclipse can only happen at the time of the Full Moon, when a shadow of Earth is cast upon the Moon, darkening it.
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can last for hours and are visible from any place on Earth where it is nighttime. The shadow that is cast by Earth does not contain a sharply visible shadow line. Rather, it is more diffuse, with darker and lighter parts. The lighter part of the shadow is called a ‘penumbra’ while the darkest part is called an ‘umbra.’
A ‘penumbral eclipse’ occurs when the Moon only passes through part of the shadow, and the Moon doesn’t look particularly dark. A ‘total lunar eclipse’ occurs when the Moon travels completely into the Earth’s darkest shadow. If only part of the Moon enters the umbra, it is called a ‘partial lunar eclipse,’ and it looks like someone has taken a bite out of the Moon.
Astrologically speaking, a lunar eclipse can have an impact on our emotional state and often affects relationships with others. The way you respond to crises may need adjustment when circumstances warrant a new approach. You may feel disoriented, excitable or emotionally wired during a lunar eclipse.
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