The Science Behind an Eclipse


LYNCHBURG, Va (WSET) --- We all know by now the Great American Eclipse is quickly approaching.

But many questions about the eclipse, are still pouring into our newsroom.

We took these questions to Lynchburg College's Belk Observatory, and resident astronomer Dr. Crystal Moorman.

She stresses eclipses, are actually not that uncommon. In fact, they happen about every 12-18 months.

But, if they happen so frequently, why don't we see them more often? The answer is simple. We're just not in the right place at the right time.

This just happens to be the first one visible here in over 40 years.

The reason for that, is rather simple... Morman explains..

"The moon only passes in front of the sun for a limited amount of time, the people privileged to seeing this have to be on the same side of the earth as the moon. So, while we are witnessing a total solar eclipse in the Continental US, the other side of the globe isn't going to see this"

Dr. Moorman knows that many people still have questions.

That's why the Belk Observatory is here to help.

On Friday night, LC will host their monthly Night Sky Party.

This is an opportunity for the public to come out and ask questions on the eclipse, as well as general astronomy.

More information on the night sky party can be found here

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