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When does total solar eclipse occur?


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Explanation,

  1. A total solar eclipse takes place when the new moon comes in between the sun and the earth.
  2. Partial eclipse begins: This is the 1st contact where the moon starts becoming visible over the sun’s disk.
  3. Total eclipse begins: This is the 2nd contact where the sun is covered completely by the moon. The sun appears like a diamond ring.
  4. Totality and maximum eclipse: This is the phase when only the corona of the sun is visible. At this time, the entire sky goes dark, there are chances that the temperature can fall.
  5. Total eclipse ends: This is the 3rd contact when the moon starts to move away from the sun.
  6. Partial eclipse ends: This is the 4th contact where the moon stops covering the sun and at this stage, the eclipse to ends

Thus, the total solar eclipse occurs when the moon is in between the Sun and Earth such that it is completely blocking the sunlight.


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