Lunar and solar eclipses are profound events for those who witness them. For thousands of years, people have observed and interpreted these phenomena. For some, solar eclipses were terrifying events. For others, a lunar eclipse could signify a time of healing. For plant and animals, the darkening of the sun may signal that it is time to prepare for night. However you interpret an eclipse, it is something to remember.

A sequence of a total solar eclipse runs across the screen
Types of Eclipses

Learn about the different types of lunar and solar eclipses and how they occur.

A ranger looks up at the sky through eclipse viewing glasses

Learn the safe way to view eclipses.

Last updated: August 28, 2017