Here is listed free and printable solar eclipse diagram collection for you who are learning about the solar eclipse. All of the solar eclipse diagrams are provided in high quality and printable size. Get started and check out the first diagram posted below!
As you can see in the solar eclipse diagram above, a solar eclipse occurs when an observer passes through the shadow cast by the Moon which fully or partially blocks the Sun. This can only happen when the Sun, Moon and Earth are nearly aligned on a straight line in three dimensions during a new moon when the Moon is close to the ecliptic plane. Explore more of the eclipse diagram below.
If the Moon were in a perfectly circular orbit, a little closer to the Earth, and in the same orbital plane, there would be total solar eclipses every new moon. Total eclipses are rare because the timing of the new moon within the eclipse season needs to be more exact for an alignment between the observer on Earth and the centers of the Sun and Moon.
A separate category of solar eclipses is that of the Sun being occluded by a body other than the Earth’s moon, as can be observed at points in space away from the Earth’s surface. Learn about the Solar eclipse through these printable diagrams. Find more interesting and educative diagrams in our site by browsing up our category!