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Solar Eclipses (Grade 7)

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Solar Eclipses

1. 
During a solar eclipse
  1. Earth casts a shadow on the moon.
  2. the moon casts a shadow on the Earth.
 
2. 
Manuel is viewing a solar eclipse using a pinhole camera. He is located in the penumbra of the moon's shadow. Which type of the eclipse is Manuel experiencing?
  1. total solar eclipse
  2. partial solar eclipse
3. 
People who stand in the moon's umbra, the darkest part of its shadow, experience a
  1. partial lunar eclipse.
  2. a partial solar eclipse.
  3. a total solar eclipse.
  4. a total lunar eclipse.
 
4. 
When can a solar eclipse occur?
  1. anytime
  2. during a new moon
  3. during a full moon
  4. during a quarter moon
5. 
What is the correct alignment during a solar eclipse?
  1. Sun, Moon, Earth
  2. Sun, Earth, Moon
  3. Moon, Sun, Earth
 
6. 
If the moon and sun line up when the moon is at is farthest point in its orbit, leaving a thin ring of sunlight around the moon, it is called a                      .
  1. total solar eclipse
  2. partial solar eclipse
  3. annular solar eclipse
7. 
During a solar eclipse, a dark circle seems to cover the sun. What is the dark circle?
  1. the moon's shadow
  2. the moon
  3. the sun's shadow
  4. the Earth's shadow
 
8. 
Which is the best estimate for how long totality lasts during a total solar eclipse?
  1. a few minutes
  2. a few hours
  3. a few days
  4. a few months
9. 
Which is the best estimate of how frequently a total solar eclipse can be viewed from somewhere on Earth?
  1. once every 18 days
  2. once every 18 months
  3. once every 18 years
  4. once every 18 centuries
 
10. 
The moon orbits the Earth at a slightly tilted angle compared to the Earth's orbit around the sun. This fact best accounts for which of the following?
  1. why there is a lunar eclipse every new moon
  2. why there is a solar eclipse every new moon
  3. why there is not a lunar eclipse every new moon
  4. why there is not a solar eclipse every new moon
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