Solar Eclipse: 20th March 2015

28th March 2015

Today we are going to witness a Solar Eclipse but did you know these facts about a solar eclipse:

  • A solar eclipse is a biological event that takes place on Earth when the Moon moves in its orbit between Earth and the Sun.
  • Eclipse won’t last forever – in six million years the moon will be already too far away to cover the entire sun. The longest solar eclipse lasted 7 minutes 30 seconds.
  • Some animals don’t understand the eclipse; they have been known how to fall asleep when an eclipse happens. Even most birds in flight!
  • When an eclipse occurs when the moon’s shadow zooms across the earth surfaces at 5,000 miles per hour.
  • The sun is 400x larger than the moon but the moon is 400x away from the earth so it perceives that the moon is the same size as the sun.
  • The Chinese word for eclipse means, “to eat”. During an eclipse in ancient Chinese people used to traditionally beat drums and bang on pots to scare off the “Heavenly dogs” that are devouring the sun.
  • Most famous part of the eclipse is when the moon parts away from the sun. It reveals a shine of light that mimics a diamond ring. Special proposals happen at this point.
  • Solar panels will take a hit during the eclipse; over 35,000 megawatts of solar will get lost in those couple of minutes. That huge amount of megawatts in equivalent to lighting up 10,000 houses with power.



From all of us here at Planet Numbers, we hope you have found this information interesting and have a good time watching the eclipse.