A solar eclipse occurs about every 18 months or so when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun’s glowing face. When viewed from Earth, the Sun and the Moon are roughly identical in size, meaning the lunar orb can completely blot out the Sun. When this happens, the skies turn dark for minutes at a time, marking the moment of so-called totality. The last partial solar eclipse peaked on January 6 this year and the good news is a total eclipse of the Sun is just around the corner.
What is a solar eclipse? How does it happen?
An eclipse of the Sun occurs whenever the Moon partially or completely blots out the glowing star in our skies.
During a partial eclipse, only a fraction of the Sun’s face is obscured by the lunar orb.