During their orbits, the Moon and the Earth sometimes form a line with the Sun. When this happens there is an eclipse.

There are two kinds of eclipse: lunar and solar.

It is a lunar eclipse when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon. The Sun’s light doesn’t reach the Moon. During a lunar eclipse, you can see the Earth’s shadow on the Moon. 

It is a solar eclipse when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun. Part of the Sun’s light is blocked. When the Moon and Sun are in a perfect line, it is called a total eclipse. These are very rare. Most people only see one in their life.

On Friday 20th March there was a solar eclipse. It was not a total eclipse. We saw it in the schoolyard. It was fantastic!!!

Giada D. and Ludovica T. (IIIC)