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How To Make A Model Of A Solar Eclipse?

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To make a model of a solar eclipse, the first things you'll need are three spherical objects, one for each of the following bodies:

  • Earth
  • Moon
  • Sun
Making a model of a solar eclipse
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon's orbit brings it exactly in line with the earth and the sun.

Because the moon blocks the sun's rays, it casts a shadow onto the earth. This makes it look as if the sun has disappeared from the sky, when in actual fact it's just being blocked by the moon.

To replicate this event in model form, you'll need to position the earth, moon, and sun in correct alignment.

The second thing you'll need to do is to demonstrate the orbits that the earth and moon follow.

You can do this buy simply drawing their orbits on a piece of card, and then gluing your representation of the sun, earth, and moon into their correct positions.

Because the sun is the center of our solar system, I'd suggest putting it in the middle of your diagram. You may want to use a bright orange ball to represent it in your project.

If you're feeling creative, you may even want to use a light bulb.

A solar eclipse school project
The next step would be to chart the earth's movement in relation to the sun - you can do this by drawing a big circle around your sun, and positioning your earth somewhere along the circle's circumference.

The final piece of the jigsaw is the moon - you may want to use something like a golf ball to represent this.

Because the moon orbits the earth, you'll need to draw a circle around the earth to show this. However, rather than placing the moon anywhere along the earth's orbit, you need to place it exactly between the earth and the sun.

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