The Quiz: What happens when Earth falls fully behind the moon’s shadow?
A Total solar eclipse
B Partial lunar eclipse
C Nothing, this happens all the time
A total solar eclipse occurs when Earth moves fully into the moon’s shadow. Like a lunar eclipse, the sun, moon, and Earth are all perfectly in line, but the difference is that the moon is between the sun and Earth, blocking our view of the sun. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth is between the sun and moon.
Solar eclipses occur about as frequently as lunar eclipses but last for a much shorter period of time. They are also visible in far fewer places on Earth.
The correct answer to this quiz is Total solar eclipse.