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On Monday, the sun will disappear for a short time. Here are some of the things you should know about the total solar eclipse.The Sun’s distance from Earth is 400 times the Moon distance.The Sun’s diameter is 400 times the diameter of the Moon.
The maximum time a lunar eclipse can last is 3 hours and 40 minutes. The maximum time for a total solar eclipse is 7 minutes and 40 seconds.
Lunar eclipses can occur up to 3 times a year. Solar eclipses can occur at least 2 and no more than 5 times a year.
The reason the total phases of solar eclipses vary in time is because Earth is not always at the same distance from the Sun and the Moon is not always the same distance from Earth. The Earth-Sun distance varies by 3 percent and the Moon-Earth distance by 12 percent. The result is that the Moon’s apparent diameter can range from 7 percent larger to 10 percent smaller than the Sun. Depending on your surroundings, as totality nears you may experience strange things.
A total solar eclipse will cross the US, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, for the first time in 99 years. Follow here for live updates. The Moon has to be between the Sun and Earth for a solar eclipse to occur. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and the weather for the most part was bleak.The longest possible duration of the total phase of a solar eclipse is 7 minutes and 32 seconds. Unfortunately, the next solar eclipse whose totality approaches 7 minutes won’t occur until June 13.