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Last Post 3/21/2011 10:25 AM by  Kris Sigsbee
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3/20/2011 4:59 PM

    Natalie W

    How does the time compare with total solar vs. lunar eclipses, which is longer?

    Tags: solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, eclipses

    Nancy Ali

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    3/21/2011 10:18 AM

    A total solar eclipse can never last more than 7 minutes 31 seconds, but usually they are shorter than that. By contrast, a total lunar eclipse can last as long as 107 minutes, although the effects of the lunar eclipse can last up to several hours. A good website for learning more about eclipses is

    -Nancy Ali

    Kris Sigsbee

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    3/21/2011 10:25 AM

    Hi Natalie,

    A solar eclipse is much shorter in duration than a lunar eclipse and it is also visible over a much smaller part of the Earth than a lunar eclipse. Theoretically, the maximum duration of a solar eclipse is about 7 minutes and 30 seconds. However, most solar eclipses are shorter than this. The longest solar eclipse in the 21st century occurred on July 22, 2009 and it lasted 6 minutes and 39 seconds. The period of totality during a lunar eclipse can last for more than 1 hour.

    Lunar eclipses are visible everywhere on the night side of the Earth, while a solar eclipse is only visible in a narrow strip called the eclipse path.

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