What is an Eclipse? - Definition & Types


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If the Moon is so much smaller than the Sun, why can it block it out?

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1. An eclipse where the Moon is blocked by the Earth's shadow is called what?

2. An eclipse where the Moon blocks the Sun, but this cannot be seen in full from the Earth's surface is called what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

An eclipse occurs when an astronomical object is partially or totally blocked from view by another object. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics of an eclipse. Some things you'll be assessed on include the different types of eclipses and where they can be viewed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Why the moon can block out the sun
  • The term for an eclipse where the Moon is blocked by the Earth's shadow
  • The term for an eclipse where the Moon blocks the Sun but is not fully visible from the Earth's surface
  • The term for an eclipse where the Moon blocks the Sun completely and is visible from somewhere on Earth
  • The type of eclipse that can be viewed from the most places on Earth
  • Why a lunar eclipse appears blood red

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding eclipses
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the causes and different types of eclipses
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on the types of eclipses that we can see from Earth and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about eclipses, review the accompanying lesson on Characteristics of an Eclipse. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define 'eclipse'
  • Understand the factors that make an eclipse occur
  • Explain what's happening during a solar eclipse
  • Know how annular eclipses relate to solar eclipses
  • Explore lunar eclipses and differentiate them from solar eclipses