What Causes a Solar Eclipse?

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Friday, August 18, 2017
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Many people are excited for the solar eclipse that take place on August 21, but what causes a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon orbits Earth and moves between the sun and Earth. 

When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth.

This causes an eclipse of the sun, or solar eclipse.

During a solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow onto Earth.

Is it safe to look at a solar eclipse?

Never look directly at the Sun. You can seriously hurt your eyes, and even go blind.

Make sure your eclipse glasses are safe, or the Sun's UV radiation can seriously injure the retinas in the eyes.

Use a solar filter if you are using binoculars or a telescope.

The Team

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