When does a Solar Eclipse Occur ? What is the Concept Behind it ?

Solar eclipse occurs on a new moon day. When moon moves between the sun and earth, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching the earth.

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The Shadow of the moon falls on the parats of the earth. This phenomenon is called Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse

Eclipse van be seen only on those location of the earth where the Shadow of the moon falls .

Solar eclipse takes lace when the sun, moon & earth nearly aligned in a straight line with moon in between.

The moon blocks the light of the sun casting a shadow of 160km wide on the earth.

Because the earth and moon are on the move, solar eclipse lasts only for 71/2 minutes.