A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the shadow of the
earth. A lunar eclipse can last up to an hour and a half. During a lunar
eclipse the moon may turn a reddish color. It is not dangerous at all to
look at a lunar eclipse because the moon does not make its own light.
Animation by Stephen Gray using photos © James
Photograph © James
A Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon goes in front of the sun and blocks
most of the sun's light from the earth. During a total eclipse all you
can see from earth is a ring of light around the moon which is part of
the sun the moon did not cover. It is dangerous to look at a solar eclipse
directly, even if you have sun glasses or smoked glass. It is better to
view solar eclipses through a pin hole projector.