Eclipse DiagramsDescribe, using diagrams, the mechanisms causing solar and lunar eclipses
You are not required to draw the mechanisms to scale but it is important the following elements are remembered:
- Sun & direction of sunlight
- Cones of shadow
- Area of umbra
- Area of penumbra
- Area of totality (if appropriate)
We suggest you study the diagrams in this section and practise drawing your own diagrams.
Draw a diagram of a total solar, lunar and annular eclipse. Label the parts of the diagram.
Did you know?
- Animals are said to behave strangely during a total eclipse, sometimes settling to sleep.
- Some cultures make noises and play loud drums to scare the Moon away from the Sun.
- The astronomers to the Chinese Emperor in ancient times were executed because they did not predict an eclipse as they were drunk!
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