The Solar Eclipse
We marvel at these astronomical events, but how much do we know about them? 10 Questions.
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What name is given to people who chase solar eclipses?
What is the greatest number of solar eclipses per year?
Between two and five
Between three and six
Between one and four
Between one and three
A solar eclipse is said to have occured on the same day as whose death?
Alexander the Great's
Leonardo da Vinci's
King Harold's (Battle of Hastings)
What do you call this visible white halo around the Sun, which can be seen during an eclipse?
Due to the Moon moving away from the Earth at approximately 3.8 cm each year, when will the last total solar eclipse occur?
Approximately 3.5 billion years
Approximately 2.7 billion years
Approximately 1.4 billion years
Approximately 6.2 billion years
A total eclipse can never last for more than 7mins 31 secs, but by flying along the path of the Moon's shadow in Concorde this time limit was stretched to what?
Commonly known as the "diamond ring", this beading phenomenon during a total eclipse is caused by what?
Sunlight being bent by the Moon's gravity
Sunlight shining through valleys on the Moon.
Which astronomer provided an exact explanation for this beading effect in 1836, and after whom they were subsequently named?
Augustus de Morgan ("de Morgan's beads")
Francis Baily ("Baily's beads")
Tycho Brahe ("Brahe's beads")
Edmund Halley ("Halley's beads")
When will the next total solar eclipse occur in 2012, which will be seen over Australia?
Which of the following is not safe to use when viewing a solar eclipse?
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