THE SOUTHERN: What exactly is a solar eclipse, anyway?

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The Southern Illinoisan is reporting, “According to NASA, an eclipse is simply a special kind of transit, when one astronomical body passes in front of another.

What is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse, from our point of view on Earth, is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. Totality happens when the moon directly lines up with the sun. Chris Walls, executive director of The Science Center in Carbondale explains it this way:

“The sun is out like it normally is. Then the moon, out of physical chance, moves between the sun and earth.”

Walls said the event will begin like dusk or sunset…”

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