Solar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

View from the Earth (equator, high noon)
View from the Earth (equator, midnight)
Indicates the shadow of the Earth into which the Moon enters (lunar eclipse)
Indicates the shadow of the moon that hits the Earth (solar eclipse)
Earth-Sun line
The penumbra is not shown. Earth's orbit around the Sun and orbit around barycenter are neglected. Distances and dimensions are not in scale.

Solar and Lunar eclipses

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