When does total solar eclipse occur?

A total solar eclipse takes place when the new moon comes in between the sun and the earth.

The complete solar eclipse has 5 phases:

  • Partial eclipse begins: This is the 1st contact where the moon starts becoming visible over the sun’s disk.
  • Total eclipse begins: This is the 2nd contact where the sun is covered completely by the moon. The sun appears like a diamond ring.
  • 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 where temperature can fall.
  • Total eclipse ends: This is the 3rd contact when the mon starts to move away from the sun.
  • Partial eclipse ends: This is the 4th contact where the moon stops covering the sun and at this stage, the eclipse to ends.

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