Solar-Lunar Eclipse Project

Solar Eclipse

Solar-Lunar EclipseSolar and Lunar Eclipses are the natural phenomenon that we experience in our solar system. This Solar-Lunar Eclipse Project is done to explain how this happens with the help of some simple items.

Project Questions:

  1. Will there be an eclipse if the moon, sun and earth are not at the same level?

Things that you need:

  1. A large cardboard (A2 size)
  2. A white paper of A2 size
  3. A card
  4. Pencil and sketch pens
  5. A torch
  6. A small Styrofoam ball and a larger Styrofoam ball (approximately 1:4 in size)
  7. Glue
  8. Paper cutter or scissors
  9. A nail or a big needle


Step 1: Draw a large circle (with at least 8 inch radius) on the card and cut the card to the shape of circle that you have drawn.

Step 2: Stick the white paper on the cardboard. On one side of the paper keep the circular cutout and draw an outline circle on the stuck paper using the pencil.

Step 3: Use your own logic to draw the lunar phases around the circle by keeping the position of sun on the other side.

Step 4: Now pierce the nail through the center of the circular cutout and pierce it through the center of the circle that you have drawn on the cardboard. It must be easy to spin the circular cutout.

Step 5: Using the glue, stick the larger Styrofoam ball to the middle of the circle.

Step 6: Using the glue, stick the smaller Styrofoam ball to any point near to the periphery of the circular cutout.

Step 7: Keep the torch at the other end of the cardboard. Put off all the lights and switch on the torch.

The torch resembles the sun, the large Styrofoam ball the earth, and the small Styrofoam ball the moon.

Step 8: Now spin the circular cutout, it will resemble the spinning of moon around the earth. Try to understand the eclipse and right your conclusion by trying it at different angles.

Hope you enjoyed this solar-lunar eclipse project… to see more projects and experiments visit our fun & learn section.

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