True or False: The ancient Chinese thought that a dragon was eating the sun for lunch and that's why the sun disappears from the sky during a solar eclipse.
True! It was difficult to understand why the sun disappeared from the sky! Many ancient cultures came up with different stories behind this phenomena. The Chinese word for eclipse is shih which means 'to eat'.
True or False: The air temperature can drop by 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit during a complete solar eclipse.
True! When the moon is completely covering the sun, the change in temperature will be similar to the difference in temperature at midday and at sunset, except that the drop of 10-15 degrees fahrenheit occurs very fast! Brr....!
Which phase is the moon in during a solar eclipse?
New moon phase. A new moon is when the moon is not visible from the earth. It is positioned between the earth and the sun, so the part that is lit by the sun is facing away from the earth. It is there, we just can't see it! The new moon is therefore only visible during a solar eclipse when it passes in front of the sun, and we can see the sun's light around it.
Totality (when the moon completely covers the sun and blocks its light from the earth) has occurred for a maximum of:
7 minutes and 32 seconds
What causes a solar eclipse according to Indian mythology?
In Indian mythology, the savage Rahu is beheaded by the Gods for drinking their nectar. The head flies in front of the sun and swallows it!