Eclipse facts

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon.

Solar eclipses can only occur during a new moon.

A Solar eclipse always occurs two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

Eclipses very often occur in threes, alternating lunar, solar and lunar.

The maximum time a lunar eclipse can last is 3 hours and 40 minutes.

The longest time the Moon can stay in totality is 1 hour 40 minutes.

The maximum time for a total solar eclipse is 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

The maximum time for an annular solar eclipse is 12 minutes 24 seconds.

Lunar eclipses can occur up to 3 times a year.

Solar eclipses can occur at least 2 and no more than 5 times a year.

Lunar eclipses are visible over an entire hemisphere.

Solar eclipses are visible in a narrow path a maximum of 167 miles wide (269km.)

At any geographic position on the Earth, a total solar eclipse occur an average of once every 360 years.

The cycle of eclipses repeats every 18.6 years called the saros.

The eclipse shadow moves at 2,000 mph at the Earth's poles and 1,000 mph at the Earth's equator.

The StarrySkies Lunar Eclipse Pages
Total Lunar Eclipse: Second Moon Show of the Year takes place November 8
What is a Lunar Eclipse
Why we don't have a Lunar Eclipse every month
Eclipse Facts
Rating a lunar eclipse - the Danjon Scale
Photographing a Lunar Eclipse
Myths and Lore about Lunar Eclipses
The Lunar Eclipse that Saved Christopher Columbus
Moon Facts
Moonstats - Lunar Vital Statistics
Moonwatching
Why we see only one side of the Moon - librations
Lunar Phases
Moon Tales: The Night the Moon fell - 1939 Springfield, Missouri
Moon Tales: When the Moon saved the Sun - New York 1835
Moon Trees - Have you got one in Your Town?
Multimedia Moon - Images and Video clips of the Moon
3D Moon - Catch the Moon in 3D (note: you will need 3D glasses)

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