Hey all, let’s talk about eclipses! Imagine you have a flashlight pointed at a ball, okay? That’s the sun and earth, respectively. The earth is spinning along, making sure to get light to every part of it.
But remember, when it comes to things we can make out in the sky (not including clouds) there is another object in the simulation, another ball, called the moon. The moon is spinning around the earth.
So, you can probably imagine that, every now and then, one ball would block all the light. When the moon blocks all the light from the earth, it’s called a solar eclipse. When the earth blocks all the light from the moon, it’s called a lunar eclipse.