Top 10 Facts About Solar Eclipse

Top 10 Facts About Solar Eclipse

10 Facts About Solar Eclipse

  • Occultation
  • Longest Eclipse
  • 5 eclipses in a year
  • The relation between SUN & MOON
  • 3 Types of Solar eclipse
  • Saros cycle
  • Visibility of other planets
  • How long it could be
  • Hybrid Solar eclipse
  • Unfortunate Poles


Occultation is a term, that is often used in astronomy when a celestial body especially moon hides (occults) one or more than one other celestial body behind it, and the viewer, usually at earth could not see the body that got hidden due to the moon.

The term is not bound to be used only in Astronomy. When any object in the foreground is occulted (placed in between the object and the observer) by another object, this situation is termed as the occultation.


If we find out a year that this generation might have lived and also haad faced the longest total solar eclipse, then the year was 1991.

Not many of us might have born then, but way more than many of us have lived that longest total solar eclipse which was of 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

If you are curious to know when we will be going to face it again, it is unfortunate to inform that the next longest total solar eclipse will be in the year 2132. Till then, none of you including me the writer will be alive.

However, the interesting fact to know about the total solar eclipse is that the even longer solar eclipse than the one that happened in 1991, will be in 2186, which will be for 7 minutes and 29 seconds approximately.

If there is a fact even more interesting than the previous one, is that the total solar eclipse of the year 2186 will be the longest for 10 thousand years of the period (4000BC – 6000AD).

8 Five Solar eclipses in a year

Usually, there are only 2 solar eclipses in a year. But there are very few instances or years, in which not 3 neither 4 but total 5 solar eclipses have occurred.

It was 1935 when such an instance arrived for the last time to date, as it faced 5 solar eclipses in the same year. The next time such a year will be coming after 187 years i.e. in 2206. In the last 1000 years, there were only a few such years had faced 5 solar eclipses and they are as follows- 1255, 1805, 1935.

2206, 2709, 2774, 2839, 2904 are the upcoming such years which will be known for 5 solar eclipses for sure.

7 Divine Relation between Sun and Moon

It is not less than a wonder that the distance between Earth and the sun is approx 400 times than the distance between the Earth and the moon.

Relation between Sun and Moon

Now, it is technically possible to have a total eclipse only when the diameter of Moon is in exact same proportion i.e. 400 times smaller than the Sun, which is unbelievably correct.

6 Three types of Solar eclipse occurs

There are three types of Solar eclipse that occur. First is the most common one, that is ‘Partial Solar Eclipse’, in which the sun doesn’t get completely occulted by the moon but is partially hidden behind it.

The second one is ‘Annular’, in which we experience ‘the Ring formation’ or ‘The ring of fire’. It is a matter of distance that results in either Annular or Total eclipse.

The third one is the rarest one i.e. ‘Total Solar eclipse’, in which the distance between the sun and the moon becomes almost equally proportionate of their diameter’s proportion.

5Saros cycle

Saros is a cycle that repeats every 18 years and 11 days and 8 hours to be precise.

It is observed that in every 18 years and 11days, there occurs a similar eclipse that occurred before. In other words, we can inculcate that after every Saros cycle, the Sun, The Earth and The Moon align back nearly the same way as they were before 18 years and 11 days.

4 Visibility of other Planets

The visibility of other planets of the solar system meanwhile solar eclipse are subject to the type of solar eclipse.

If the solar eclipse is of annular type, which means the sun’s peripheral core will not be covered by the moon successfully, thus the sky would yet keep illuminating due to the Sun’s peripheral shine.

However, in the case of the total solar eclipse, the other planets can be seen as the points of light in the sky.

3 How long a solar eclipse ever could be?

We all are aware of the gigantic size of the Sun and its dominant strength in the form of light. The size especially is the reason why a solar eclipse can not be long enough or more than 8 minutes, which is also not seen in the last 10 thousand years.

The longest eclipse to date has ever happened was in 7th century BC and upcoming will be in the year 2186 which will be for around 7 minutes and 29 seconds only.

However, a lunar eclipse can last for hours.

2 What is a Hybrid Solar eclipse?

As it is said earlier, that being one out of Annular or Total, is a subject of distance, as it depends on where we are at present.

An event when the solar eclipse shifts from annular to total is one of the rarest events ever to experience is termed as Hybrid solar eclipse.

1Poles never see a total eclipse

Being there at the poles is extremely fantasizing and challenging but the only unfortunate or fortunate fact about there is that you can never experience an annular or total eclipse from there.

So, these are the top 10 facts about Solar eclipse on the occasion of the last solar eclipse of this decade on 26th December. Stay Tuned at Top 10 Things and Check out our other pages like Social, Movies, Technology, Sports, Health, Lifestyle, Science for their top 10 facts that you would like to know.

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