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Solar Eclipses

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During a solar eclipse
  1. Earth casts a shadow on the Moon.
  2. the Moon casts a shadow on Earth.
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
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.
When can a solar eclipse occur?
  1. anytime
  2. during a new moon
  3. during a full moon
  4. during a quarter moon
What is the correct alignment during a solar eclipse?
  1. Sun, Moon, Earth
  2. Sun, Earth, Moon
  3. Moon, Sun, Earth
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(n)                 solar eclipse.
  1. total
  2. partial
  3. annular
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. Earth's shadow
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
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
The Moon orbits Earth at a slightly tilted angle compared to 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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