Wednesday, 2 November 2011

What Causes an Eclipse of the Moon?

An eclipse of the Moon can only take place at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth's shadow. The shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped parts, one nested inside the other. The outer shadow or penumbra is a zone where Earth blocks some (but not all) of the Sun's rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or umbra is a region where Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

What is an Eclipse?

An eclipse occurs when one object gets in between you and another object and blocks your view. From Earth, we routinely experience two kinds of eclipses: an eclipse of the Moon and an eclipse of the Sun.

Monday, 24 October 2011


Friction is another force that is around us. Friction occurs whenever  two objects are in contact with each other. Friction slows things down, and stops some objects from starting to move. But it is also very useful. Smoother contact surfaces reduce the friction force.

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