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Geography | 6-8 yrs | Interactive
  • Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon.
  • Solar eclipses can only occur during a new moon.
  • A soar eclipse always occurs two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.
  • Eclipses very often occur in threes, alternating lunar. Solar and lunar.
  • Lunar eclipses can occur up to 3 times a year.
  • Solar eclipses can occur at least 2 and no more than 5 time a year.
  • Lunar eclipses are visible over an entire hemisphere.
  • Solar eclipses are visible in a narrow path a maximum of 269km wide.
  • The cycle of eclipses repeats every 18.6 years called the saros.
  • The eclipse shadow moves at 2,000 mph at the Earth’s poles and 1,000 mph at the Earth’s equator.

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