Why are solar eclipses so short compared to lunar eclipses?

In summary, the main reason for a lunar eclipse lasting longer than a solar eclipse is because the Earth's shadow is much larger than the moon's shadow. This means that even if the moon moves slightly during the eclipse, it is still completely covered in shadow. Additionally, the Earth's larger size means that the moon takes longer to pass through its shadow. Another factor is that the moon is less nutritious than the sun, so demons take longer to consume it during the eclipse.
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nukeman
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Is it just because the moon moves in and out of view quicker than the Earth moving in and out of view as to a lunar eclipse?

I can't find a simpe definition out there?

Thanks!
 
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I think its mostly because the Earth's shadows is significantly larger than that of the moon. In a solar eclipse, the entire sun is only blocked for a small region on the surface of the Earth (i.e. not even the entire Earth is in the moon's shadow). For a lunar eclipse, more than the total moon is covered in shadow (i.e. even if the moon moves a little, it's still entirely in the shadow).
 
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That's right. It boils down to the Earth itself being much larger then the moon, so it takes a while for the moon to get through Earth's large shadow. But as Zhermes said above, the moon's shadow doesn't even cover most of the Earth.

Also because the moon is much less nutritious then the sun so the demons have to spend longer eating it before they are full. :)
 
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Algr said:
Also because the moon is much less nutritious then the sun so the demons have to spend longer eating it before they are full. :)

:biggrin:
 
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Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth's surface. The moon is much smaller than the Earth, so its shadow only covers a small area on the Earth's surface. This means that the total duration of a solar eclipse is shorter compared to a lunar eclipse, where the Earth's shadow covers a larger area on the moon's surface. Additionally, the Earth is rotating faster than the moon, so the moon moves in and out of the Earth's shadow more quickly during a lunar eclipse. So, the combination of the moon's smaller size and the Earth's faster rotation results in a shorter duration for solar eclipses compared to lunar eclipses.
 

Related to Why are solar eclipses so short compared to lunar eclipses?

1. Why does a solar eclipse last for only a few minutes while a lunar eclipse can last for hours?

The main reason for the difference in duration between solar and lunar eclipses is due to the relative sizes of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. The Moon is much smaller than the Earth, so when it passes between the Earth and the Sun, it casts a smaller shadow on the Earth's surface. This smaller shadow results in a shorter duration of the eclipse compared to when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon during a lunar eclipse.

2. How often do solar and lunar eclipses occur?

Solar and lunar eclipses occur with varying frequencies. On average, there are two to four solar eclipses and two to five lunar eclipses every year. However, not all of these eclipses are visible from any given location on Earth. Some locations may experience several eclipses in a year while others may not see any in a given year.

3. Can a solar eclipse occur during a full moon?

No, a solar eclipse cannot occur during a full moon. A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the Sun's light from reaching the Earth. This can only happen during a new moon when the Moon is on the same side of the Earth as the Sun. During a full moon, the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, so it cannot block the Sun's light and cause a solar eclipse.

4. Why are solar eclipses more rare than lunar eclipses?

Solar eclipses are more rare than lunar eclipses because the Moon's orbit around the Earth is tilted by about 5 degrees relative to the Earth's orbit around the Sun. This means that the Moon's shadow usually passes above or below the Earth, resulting in a partial solar eclipse or no eclipse at all. In contrast, lunar eclipses occur when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow, which is much wider than the Moon's shadow, making lunar eclipses more common.

5. How do solar and lunar eclipses affect the Earth's tides?

Solar and lunar eclipses do not have a significant effect on the Earth's tides. Tides are primarily caused by the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun on the Earth's oceans. During a solar eclipse, the Moon's shadow has a very small effect on the tides, but it is not noticeable. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon is in the Earth's shadow, so there is no significant change in the Moon's gravitational pull on the Earth's oceans, and the tides remain relatively unchanged.

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