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The Wonder of an Eclipse

Credit: Sebastian Voltmer


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Science often considers it quite remarkable that the disk of the moon and sun are positioned such that when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, its disk perfectly covers the disk of the sun.  The fit is perfect—not out by a fraction of a fraction.  When this “eclipse” happens, we call the dark shadow on earth the “umbra.”  In the umbra, people experience the darkness of early evening or morning.  The brighter stars become visible, and due to the cooling effect of the shadow, a wind begins to blow.  Also during this strange darkness, animals such as dogs and cats behave in erratic ways, usually expressing strange, unusual noises.