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Solar Eclipse Model
That big, glowing ball of light in the sky is pretty amazing. The sun powers life on earth, and it helps us see and helps plants make their food. Sometimes, the paths of the moon and the sun cross and create an eclipse. During an eclipse, it looks like the sun’s light is gone, but it’s actually just behind the moon.
The moon is about a quarter of the size of the earth, so it’s about 2,159.2 miles in diameter. The sun, on the other hand, is much larger— in fact, it’s the biggest object in the solar system, at around 864,938 miles in diameter!
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