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Eclipses
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     challenging words:    pinhole, projector, alignment, penumbra, umbra, totally, atmosphere, eclipse, therefore, outer, directly, viewer, sunglasses, especially, gaseous, online
     content words:    Sunglasses DO NOT


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Eclipses
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     The sky begins to grow dark, yet it is noon. The sun appears to have a little bite taken out of it. What is going on? You are experiencing a solar eclipse.
 
2     The full moon was bright in the night sky. All of a sudden, a corner appears to be carved out of it. A lunar eclipse is about to take place.
 
3     Both the sun and the moon experience eclipses. An eclipse happens when the light is blocked. There are both partial and total eclipses. What causes these awesome events?
 
4     A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth. The moon actually blocks our view of the sun. How can this be, when the sun is much larger than the moon? Remember that the sun is much farther away from the earth than the moon is. This causes them to appear to be about the same size as we look at them in the sky.
 
5     As a total solar eclipse takes place, we see less and less of the sun. Soon, the moon totally blocks the disk shape of the sun. We see only the sun's gaseous outer layers. The middle is perfectly black. As the moon continues to move, more of the sun begins to appear. A solar eclipse looks similar to the phases of the moon. But the "phases" happen much quicker!

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