When does a solar eclipse occur?

 The Moon is 400 times smaller than the Sun but about 400 times closer. So we see them both as about the same size.

A solar eclipse is when the Moon blocks out the light from the Sun. This can make the day turn dark as all the light from the Sun is blocked out in a total part of the light is blocked out.

The Sun is our nearest star. It is 149.6 million km (92.9 million miles) away from Earth. It is the heat and light from the Sun that makes life on earth possible. The huge gravity pull of the Sun keeps the planets of our solar system orbiting around it.

Fact File:

The daily rise and fall of the ocean’s tides occur because of the pull from the Moon and the Sun. There is a smaller pull from the Sun. when the Moon and Sun are in line there are high spring tides.


Picture Credit : Google