Eclipse myths and legends
• In Ancient China, they believed that
solar eclipses were caused by a giant
dragon eating the sun. The Emperor
ordered that to frighten the dragon
away, loud drums were to be beaten
and arrows fired into the air. After the
few minutes, the loud noises and
weapons scared off the dragon, and
the sun returned.
• The ancient Inuit peoples believed
that the sun and moon were gods,
and during a solar eclipse they left
their places in the sky to see how
things were doing on Earth.
• Can you think of a legend explaining
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when one planetary
or celestial body
passes into the
shadow of another.
Eclipse is a Greek
word that means
“cease to exist”.
The two most common kinds of eclipses are:
1. A Solar Eclipse – when the sun is blocked by the
The moon’s shadow falls on the Earth and it seems to us that the sun
ceases to exist momentarily…
…at least for the people under the black shadow.
• When the moon goes between the Sun
and the Earth, casting a shadow
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Use the polystyrene balls and lamps to
observe how eclipses form.
Answer the questions on the prac sheet.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon
comes between the Sun and the Earth
Using your knowledge of solar eclipses
can you guess what a lunar eclipse is?
Paste the worksheets
into your books and have
a go at answering the
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try the other activities.
Work through at your own pace and
challenge yourself with the game when
Explain the difference between a Solar and