What Happens During a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Earth and Moon line up with the Sun. The Moon blocks sunlight from reaching Earth. There are 2 types of solar eclipse: total and partial. 

What happens during a solar eclipse? And what’s the difference between total and partial eclipses? Watch the animation on this page to find out! 

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