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Name: Emiliano
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Country: Uruguay
Date: Winter 2011-2912

What would a solar eclipse look like if the moon had an atmosphere?


We see that effect during a lunar eclipse When the Earth is interposed between the Sun and the Moon.

It will be a black disk with fuzzy edges. You may see some dark red due to atmospheric refraction.

Check it out when you see the next lunar eclipse.

Sincere regards, Mike Stewart

Dear Emiliano,

Good question. If the Moon had an atmosphere, it would not change things much. A partial eclipse might begin with a few seconds of fuzziness before the Moon's body took its first bite out of the Sun; that is about it I think!

Sincerely David H. Levy

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