#4: Since eclipses occur at the New Moon and Full Moon, one might wonder why we don’t have eclipses every month. An eclipse can only occur during a month when the Sun and Moon are aligned with a node of the Moon’s orbit. The plane of the Moon’s orbit is slightly tilted to the plane the Earth’s orbit. The nodes are the points where these planes cross, so that the Moon can be properly aligned with the Sun to cause an eclipse.
Generation Eclipse is an educational comic strip feature by Jay Ryan, in the style of his SkyWise astronomy comic strip. Everyone is encouraged to share this strip in its original, unmodified form on their website and in social media, to help promote the eclipse.
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