Solar Eclipse Animation

This animation show what happens during a total and partial solar eclipse.

Can you see that the sky gets darker when the Moon passes through our view of the Sun? Did you notice it gets much darker during a total eclipse than during a partial one?

The eclipse begins when the Moon starts to pass in front of the Sun. This is called 'first contact'. The eclipse ends when the Moon finishes passes in front of the Sun. This is called 'fourth contact'.

Remember, never look at the Sun, not even during an eclipse! The Sun's light will damage your eyes.