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Why do lunar eclipses occur more often?
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Besides, why do lunar eclipses occur?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned (in syzygy), with Earth between the other two. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.
One may also ask, how often do lunar eclipses occur? On average, a total lunar eclipse will happen a bit more frequently than twice every three years. Every three and a half years, two total lunar eclipses will happen within the same year. Every 200 years, three total lunar eclipses happen in the same year.
Secondly, which type of eclipse happens more frequently and why?
Why do lunar eclipses not occur every month?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon enters the Earth's shadow. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's shadow falls on the Earth. They do not happen every month because the Earth's orbit around the sun is not in the same plane as the Moon's orbit around the Earth.