A solar eclipse is when a big mass, such as the moon, enters the shadow of another body, the sun.
The next predicted solar eclipse, after this upcoming Monday, will occur in early April of 2044.
Solar eclipses often occur once or twice a year, but are only visible in specific places and areas. Full eclipses occur once every estimated 75 years.
There are two main types of eclipses, solar eclipses and lunar eclipses. But they each break up into various types of eclipses by the time they occur, such as total, annual, partial, and hybrid eclipses.
No, we will not have a solar eclipse for a while due to sun and moon position. We will have a partial eclipse in 2024.
Looking at a solar eclipse can be very dangerous due to the amount of unexpected light that gets you while your eyes are dilated, it is too much for your eyes to handle all at once and may and will cause blindness.
Safety measures in order to be completely sure to avoid blindness from the eclipse includes using, specially made "Eclipse Glasses" with vendors, solar filters and viewers. Homemade glass, even though very dark, should not be used for they can transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.
You can make a connection to the song Brain Damage/Eclipse by Pink Floyd when it says "I'm on the dark side of the moon" comparing it to the side that facing away for the sun during an eclipse.
I'n the early 400 BC people in villages believed that it was the end of the world due to the fact that the sun was disappearing, which meant no light and time of darkness. They assumed it was a plague for their bad ways and sins.
Scientist and researchers during the 2001 eclipse investigated the solar eclipse effect on animals. A researcher noticed a hippos behavior before and during the eclipse, and their actions were very much different due to the eclipse. The hippos mostly stood in the water during the eclipse and layed low, other than when it wasn't eclipse time.