The dark side of the Earth

This animation shows the Moon passing between the Earth and Sun on a typical orbital cycle. The inclined orbit of the Moon means that a solar eclipse, let alone a total solar eclipse, does not happen every month.

When a solar eclipse does occur, the Moon blocks the Sun from the point-of-view of the Earth and casts its shadow on the surface of the Earth below. On 2 July 2019, a total solar eclipse will take place over South America. ESO's La Silla Observatory is situated within the path of totality..

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ESO/L. Calçada, Space Engine.

About the Video

Id:eso1822d
Release date:4 July 2018, 16:00
Related releases:eso1822
Related announcements:ann18054
Duration:23 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Eclipse
Type:Early Universe : Sky Phenomenon : Eclipse : Solar : Total
Category:Events

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