1: What is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow on our planet.

2: How often do solar eclipses happen? Solar eclipses happen about every 18 months, but they are not visible from every location on Earth.

3: What is a total solar eclipse? A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun, leaving only the sun's corona visible.

4: Why are solar eclipses so rare? Solar eclipses are rare because the moon's orbit is tilted slightly, so it usually passes above or below the sun.

5: Can you look directly at a solar eclipse? No, looking directly at a solar eclipse can cause permanent eye damage. Always use proper viewing tools or techniques.

6: How long does a solar eclipse last? A total solar eclipse can last for a few minutes, while a partial eclipse can last for several hours.

7: What is the next solar eclipse? The next solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024, and will be visible from parts of North America.

8: How can I safely watch a solar eclipse? You can safely watch a solar eclipse by using eclipse glasses or creating a pinhole projector.

9: Why are solar eclipses important? Solar eclipses are important for scientists to study the sun's corona and for cultures around the world to celebrate.