why lunar eclipse is more common than solar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse occurs at night and asolar eclipseoccurs during the day. There are only certain times when either of them can occur. A lunar eclipse can only occur when the moon is directly opposite the Sun in the sky — a full moon. Even though there is a full moon each month, obviously a lunar eclipse does not occur on a monthly basis because the Sun isn'texactlyin line withthe Earthand the moon. The moon's orbit is actually tilted 5 degrees more than that ofthe Earth; otherwise, we would see a lunar eclipse each month. We can see lunar eclipses more readily than solar eclipses, and it has to do with proximity. The Moon is much closer tothe Earth(well over 300 times closer than the Sun!), sothe Earthhas a much greater chance of blocking sunlight to the Moon, compared to the Moon blocking light from the Sun. Also, a lunar eclipse can be seen from a greater portion ofthe Earth. Solar eclipses, on the other hand, are more rare and when they do happen can only be seen by a very narrow segment of people on Earth, for a short period of time. It is quite safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye, while watching asolar eclipsewithout eyewear protection can seriously damage your eyesight. You can use a telescope to get a clearer view of the moon during an eclipse and really see what is happening. Asolar eclipsehas always had a more profound effect on humans than a lunar eclipse. This is probably because of the importance of the Sun to all life on Earth. In ancient China, asolar eclipsewas thought to be the dragon coming to eat the Sun. The effect that an eclipse has on all life on Earth is of particular interest to scientists. They eagerly await asolar eclipsebecause it helps them to gather more knowledge about the Sun and its position with respect to Earth.