Solar and lunar eclipses, artwork

Solar and lunar eclipses, artwork

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Credit: SEBASTIEN BEAUCOURT/LOOK AT SCIENCES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Solar and lunar eclipses. Computer artwork showing the mechanisms behind solar and lunar eclipses. For an eclipse of the Sun or Moon to occur, it is necessary that the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned. As the orbit of the Moon is tilted 5 to the plane of Earth's orbit (ecliptic), this is only possible every 6 months, when the line of nodes is orientated towards the Sun.

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Keywords: artwork, astronomical, astronomy, bodies, diagram, earth, eclipse, eclipses, explanation, illustration, lunar, mechanism, mechanisms, moon, orbit, orbiting, orbits, planet, planetary body, planetary science, planets, solar, solar system, space, sun

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