It wouldn't surprise people who know me but I am still finding it surprising, I have actually watch more Lunar Eclipses than Solar Eclipses. I am going to chalk it up to the fact that I am a night person and the fact that I have had more opportunities to view a Lunar Eclipse vs a Solar Eclipse. However, I thought why not do the math.

Lunar Eclipse
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A Lunar Eclipse is when the moon travels directly behind the earth an the shadow of the earth cause the moon to darken as it moves through the shadow.

A Solar Eclipse is when the moon actually passes between the earth and the sun blocking the sun's raise as it orbits passed.

So why as a person living in the Hudson Valley most of my life does it seem that I have seen a solar eclipse fewer times than lunar eclipse. Turns out I had to ask NASA. You see there are actually more solar eclipse than lunar eclipse each year. But it is hard to catch a total solar eclipse because the actual ground surface it covers in only about 50 miles wide. Lunar eclipses can be seen most times by half the planet. The ratio according to NASA can be as often as 4 to 3 in favor of the Solar.

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