By: Eric Marti

Last edited by: Maria Fernandez

Spring 2012


Definition: The obscuration of the light of the moon by the intervention of the earth between it and the sun (lunareclipse) or the obscuration of the light of the sun by the intervention of the moon between it and a point on the earth (solar eclipse). (

This page is designed for the sole purpose of giving links to anyone who wants to learn about Eclipses. Each link has a variety of information that explain what Eclipses are, what causes an Eclipse, the types there are and much more.
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What is an Eclipse? is an Eclipse?
This website provides an article that explains how solar eclipses work and what different kinds of eclipses there are. This site even gives directions on how to watch a solar eclipse safely. This website is easy to navigate around and is written for high school audience.
Date modified: unknown, Author Craig Freudenrich

Phases Of The Moon
This NASA website is very easy to understand and very easy to navigate through. There is a chart that gives the abbreviation for all the different types of eclipses. It also provides you with a list of dates from 2001 to 2025 with moon phases in accordance as well as a list of when the eclipses are taking place.
Last modified: November 4, 2008, Author unknown

Total Lunar Eclipse
This is another NASA website. This page is actually an article about a previous lunar eclipse. This article explains the colors that come along with a total lunar eclipse. I think this site is good for high school and college students.
Last modified: April 6, 2011, Author unknown

Solar Eclipses
This website is written for more of a middle to high school level. It is very easily understood with some examples of how solar eclipses work. It explains in detail how solar eclipses work and what are all the necessary phases of the moon are for a total solar eclipse.
Date updated uknown,author unnkown

Shadow Zones
This website talks about the different lunar eclipses that we have like total eclipse, partical eclipse and penumbral eclipses. It also explains in detail what the two different parts of the shadow casted by earth are.
Last updated on May 3, 2008, Author Ian Cameron Smith

Amazing Facts
Did you know that the longest duration for a total solar eclipse is 7.5 minutes? Well this website is designed by NASA and gives interesting facts about eclipses in particular solar eclipses. It is easily understandable when read and is written at a high school level.
Date modofied unknown, Author unknown

Solar and Lunar Eclipses of 2011
This is a website that will show you when any eclipse from the past, present, and/or future will or has taken place.. This website is well designed and this website is geared toward anyone and everyone who is interested about when the next time an eclipse of any kind will take place. My opinion of the site is that it is very well designed and has very good information on it. The site's author is Fred Espenak. This site was last viewed on May 6, 2009.

Science U Eclipses
This is a website with basic information about eclipses. It is aimed toward children who want to learn some basic information. My opinion of the site is that it is very basic and geared toward children but still has some good information on it. The site's author is not listed but the page was last updated Sat Oct 1 13:56:33 CDT 2005. This site was last viewed on May 6, 2009.

Solar Eclipses for Beginners
This a really good website about eclipses for beginners. It has a lot of information with great pictures included. It also has links that can lead to other information to help clear up misunderstandings. My opinion of the site is that it looks great and has great information on it. For those you who are not majors in this subject, this website will teach you about eclipses in a simple and clear way.
Last updated:February 10th 2009, Last viewed:
Solar Eclipse Geometry
Solar Eclipse Geometry
May 6, 2009, Authot Fred Espenak

What causes an Eclipse
This is a pretty basic site that has information that seems aimed toward anyone who just wants to know exactly what an eclipse is and what causes one. The website's design is very basic. The website's author is Bryan Brewer and it was last updated on January 14th 1998. This site was last viewed on May 6, 2009.

Standford Solar Center
This website is a good and simple source about solar eclipses. It not only describes what is happening but also talks a lot about solar eclipses from previous years for evidence. In my opinion this is a good website for basic and straight to the point information. It has decent graphics that explain everything well and is easily accessible. This website author is the Stanford Solar Center and was last update in 2008. This site was last viewed on May 16, 2010.

Nature of Eclipses
This website is a good target for those who can read and obtain information easily. There is a lot of thorough information about both lunar and solar eclipses. The website is a good site for those who would rather read than explore and is easily accessible. The website's author is Kevin Clarke and it does not show when it was last updated. This site was last viewed on May 16, 2009.

Lunar and Solar Animation
I choose to show a video from YouTube because the animation of eclipses helps those who are visual learners. The animation is very short but straight to the point. It mainly shows how exactly each elipse occurs and I think the point of view at which the video was made was perfect for demonstarting. Accessibility is plain and simple. The author of this video isn't completely known because it was subscribed by a user who found it but it was uploaded on July 16, 2007. This website was last viewed on May 16, 2010.

Eclipse Schedule
This website is pretty simple and aimed towards those who wish to observe an eclipse in the future. There are easy access links that are posted in order of when the next eclipse will occur. There is a list for both solar and lunar and with each link there is map to show the path the eclipse will take.The information provided by this website is a great source of information for those who hope to observe an eclipse. The author is the Astronomical Applications Department and was edited on March 4, 2010. This website was last viewed on May 16, 2009.

How Lunar Works
This website is great for information needed for lunar eclipses and for those starting high school. This is by far the best site I have come across. There is a lot of great information in adittion to pictures and a video. Overall, this website is easily accessible. This article is by Jessika Toothman and was last edited in 2008. This site was last viewed on May 16, 2010.

Lunar Eclipses For Beginners
This is a great wesite for anyone who needs basic information about Lunar eclipses. This website provides information on the three types of lunar eclipses which are a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, Partial Lunar Eclipse, and a Total Luanr Eclipse. Along with the description of the three types of Lunar Eclipses this website also provides information as to why the moon turns red during a Total Lunar Eclipse. In addition to that this website also includes a chart with information about Eclipses of the Moon from 2009-2015. The information on this website is very clear and easy for anyone to understand. Overall this website is a great source for anyone who wants to know a little more about lunar eclipses. The author of this Website is Fred Espenak and it was last revised on June 16, 2009.

Eclipse Facts
The information presented in this website is very basic facts about Eclipses. This website would be a great source for someone who just wants the basic facts and does not want to go into much detail. Some of the information covered in this website is how long an elipse can last, how many times it occurs in a year, etc. However, what is really good about this website is that it provides links to other articles about Eclipses, that go into more depth and provide the readers with more information that is very accesible, easy to navigate and clear to comprehend. The authors of this website are Kathy Miles, and Chuck Peters. The date the website was last edited is unknown.

Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality
This is by far one of the best websites for students who need detailed information about Solar eclipses. This is a great website that goes into great detail explaining why eclipses happen. This website is a great resource for people who want to know how to view an eclipse. Not only does this website provide a world map of future eclipses, but it also contains an archive of eclipses from the past and it is all simple to acess. The author of this website is unknown but it is from the Exploratorium.

Kids Connect: Eclipses
I would highly recommend this website for children. This website is aimed for kids in elementary school. The website shows 10 Fast Facts about eclipses. This is a great thing because it provides the kids with the 10 most important things they ought to know about eclipses. In adittion to the Fast Facts this website also includes links to other websites and articles, which are all very, easy to navigate and a great source for children. The author of this website is Jan Belzer and she created the website in 1999.

What Causes Eclipses of the Sun?
This website alike many others targets people who want to know what causes Eclipses. Although the website provides good
information I would not necessarily reccomend it for people who want to know about the actual facts and history of eclipses because it is not up -to- date. However, what I really enjoyed about this website is that it provides great visual examples to help explain the cause of an eclipse. So this would be a good website for visual learners to take a look at. The author of this website is Mike Hartrao and it was last up dated on October 23, 2002.

This here is an example of one of
the diagrams found on this website.

eclipse geometry
eclipse geometry

What Causes an Eclipse?
This website is great for anyone who wants to learn about Solar and Lunar Eclipses more in depth. The information given in this website goes into great detail about what causes an Eclipse. Also in this website it is mentioned that the most common eclipse seen is a Lunar Eclipse. So this would also be a useful website for those people who want to know why it is very rare to witness a solar Eclipse. However another thing to consider is the fact that the website is not really up- to- date.The author of this website is Bryan Brewer. The page was last updated January 14, 1998.

Eclipses National Geographic
This website is a very simple, yet useful website if you want basic facts. It provides good information regarding anual, total and lunar eclipses. However it doesnt go into much detail. So I would not recommend this website to people who hope to gain a great amount of information about eclipses. The author, and the date the page was last edited is unknown. However, this is from the National Geographic website.

ScienceCasts: Solar Eclipse in the USA
If you are interested in learning about eclipses and when it will occur in the U.S.,check out this website that has great information. It talks about the upcoming annular solar eclipse in the U.S, after almost eigtheen years. If youre interested in going to see it, it tells you where the annular eclipse will be seen. They mention Fred Espenak, NASA's leading eclipse expert, and his teachings of eclipses.
Updated:Jan 26, 2012, Uploaded by ScienceAtNASA

Lunar and Solar Eclipses
Learn about the formation of eclipses by visiting this site. Here you will read about the different types of eclipses; lunar, partial and solar. It also tells you when do each eclipse occur and how long they last.
Last modified: December 18, 2011 9:06:49 PM, Author unknown

Eclipses: Sun-Earth-Moon

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If you are a visually learner, check out this website. There are
many great photos and diagrams of eclipses. Each picture
has information about an eclipse and what each represents.
This site is done by a teacher and her students.