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What Is a Solar Eclipse?

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A photograph of a total solar eclipse


Educators, Students

Grade Levels

Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12


Space Science, Spanish, Solar System and Planets, Eclipses, Earth's Moon, Sun



Join Exploratorium astronomer Isabel Hawkins and Exploratorium educator Liliana Blanco as they explain a total solar eclipse. Through demonstrations, they show how the Moon, Sun and Earth line up to create this rare event.

What Is a Solar Eclipse?
What Is a Solar Eclipse? (Spanish version)