A solar eclipse occurs when the moon's form temporarily blocks out the disc of the Sun as viewed from Earth, revealing very briefly the outer atmosphere of the Sun. A total solar eclipse is rare and considered a special sight to see for amateur and professional astronomers. Solar eclipses occur around new moon phase.
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A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth's shadow temporarily blocks some or all of the light from the Sun the moon would normally receive. This can occur at full moon phase and is more common than a solar eclipse.