A lunar and solar eclipse are amazing events. These happenings are especially exciting for children. We’ll show you, how to enjoy a solar and lunar eclipse with your whole family.
What is a lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse (or moon eclipse) occurs at night when the moon enters the shadow of the Earth. Lunar eclipses are linked to the blood moon phenomenon. The moon turns red while entering the umbra of Earth, so it almost looks like blood. You can see the next blood moon on January 21, 2019, in the US.
In comparison to a solar eclipse, you do not need any kind of special glasses to enjoy a lunar eclipse, because looking directly into the moon won’t harm your eyes. But in order to see as much as possible, you should go to a higher location outside of the city. Every extra light source makes it more difficult to see the moon.
So maybe on January 21, 2019, let your children stay awake a little bit longer so you can all enjoy an awesome blood moon. Be on the lookout for fun events nearby. Don’t forget to check out FamilyApp for extra resources!
What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse – also called sun eclipse – occurs when the disk of the moon appears to cross in front of the disk of the sun. If the moon is blocking 100 percent of the solar disk, it is called a total solar eclipse. If the moon is only covering a part of the sun, we call it a partial solar eclipse. In 2018 only three partial solar eclipses occurred: The first one on February 15 could be seen only from parts of Antarctica, the Atlantic Ocean and southern South America. A second partial solar eclipse took place on July 13 – only visible over the ocean between Australia and Antarctica. The third solar eclipse on August 11 was visible from northern Europe, northern and part of eastern Asia. The next total solar eclipse is on July 2, 2019. You can see it from the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina.
How can I observe a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse is an amazing event. But it might be dangerous. If you want to observe such an eclipse, you should take care of your eyes because looking directly at the sun can lead to blindness. Also, other forms of a permanent eye damage are possible. So you should wear proper eye protection. For example, you can wear special safety goggles, which can protect your eyes. These special glasses will protect your eyes from harmful ultra-violet rays, infrared rays, and intense visible light.
You can also use a cereal box and tinfoil to make a fun activity for kids and a safe way to watch the eclipse. While this can work, it sadly isn’t nearly as effective as the specialty glasses.
Many people believe that sunglasses are able to do the same, but that is wrong. Observing a solar eclipse through your sunglasses will harm your eyes. So be careful!
Take care of your children
Take care of your children because they probably won’t know about the danger of a solar eclipse. Explain what is happening, because darkness during the day may scare them. While it’s important to know the risks, make this a fun event you can enjoy with your family. Get some eclipse glasses, or make your own glasses. Maybe combine it with a solar eclipse barbecue or another eclipse event? Have fun with it!