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Which of the following is related to the formation of a solar eclipse?


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Formation of a shadow of the Earth on the Moon

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Formation of a shadow of the Moon on the Earth

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Reflection of light by the Earth

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Reflection of light by the Moon

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The correct option is B

Formation of a shadow of the Moon on the Earth


A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon gets in between the Earth and the Sun. Since the Moon is opaque, it obstructs the solar rays from reaching the Earth and casts a shadow over the Earth. A solar eclipse can only occur at the new moon phase when the Moon passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, and its shadow falls upon the Earth's surface.

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