Solar Eclipse, November 3rd 2013 at 5.25 pm

Solar Eclipse

The Moon which is about 3,476 km in diameter orbits the earth once in 29.5 days As it circles our planet, the moon changes position with respect to the Sun, thus going through a series of phases:

  • New Moon > New Crescent > First Quarter > Waxing Gibbous > Full Moon > Waning Gibbous > Last Quarter > Old Crescent > New Moon (again)
  • A solar eclipse can only occur at new moon when the moon comes between the Sun and the earth.More on Eclipses