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There are different types of eclipses, such as: 

  • Solar eclipse, where the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun.
    • From the ground, it appears as if the Sun is completely obscured (in the case of a total solar eclipse) or an edge of the Sun may remain visible as a bright ring around the Moon (in the case of an annular eclipse)
    • These are easier to see via satellites located between the Earth and the moon. 
  • Lunar eclipse, where the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon.
    • From the ground, you can see the Earth’s shadow covering the entire Moon (in the case of a total lunar eclipse), or the Earth’s shadow covering a part of the moon (in the case of a partial lunar eclipse). There is also a relatively subtle, near imperceptible penumbral lunar eclipse, when the outer, more diffuse part of the Earth’s shadow—known as the "penumbra"—falls onto the face of the moon, making it appear slightly darker.