Difference Between Solar and Lunar Eclipse

Difference Between Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse

The key difference between solar and lunar eclipse in tabular form is given below. When a celestial body is masked by another along an observer’s line of sight, an eclipse occurs. Lunar eclipse and solar eclipse are events when the sun, moon, and earth are in tandem.

  • Solar eclipse: For a solar eclipse to occur the moon should be between the earth and the sun.
  • Lunar eclipse: For a lunar eclipse to occur the earth should be between the sun and the moon.

Here, in this article let us look at the various difference between a solar eclipse and lunar eclipse.

Solar Eclipse vs Lunar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse
The solar eclipse is the one in which the moon is in between the earth and the sun The lunar eclipse is the one in which the earth is in between the sun and the moon
Occurs once in 18 months Occurs twice a year
Lasts for about 5-7 minutes Lasts for an hour
Witnessed in a few places Witnessed in many places
Occurs during day-time Occurs during night-time
The solar eclipse happens in the new moon phase When the moon is in its full moon phase, a lunar eclipse happens
If looked directly, then there are high chances of losing vision as it damages the retina Witnessing lunar eclipse with bare eyes is harmless as it does not cause any damage to eyes

Scientists eagerly wait for an eclipse to occur because the effect it has on all life on earth is of particular interest to them. Solar eclipse helps scientists to gather more knowledge about the sun and its position with respect to the sun.

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