Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cleomedes' Lectures on AstronomyA Translation of  The Heavens$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Cleomedes and Lawrence Witmer

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233256

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233256.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 18 October 2019

Chapter Six

Chapter Six

Chapter:
(p.154) Chapter Six
Source:
Cleomedes' Lectures on Astronomy
Author(s):

Alan C. Bowen

Robert B. Todd

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233256.003.0015

This chapter explains that the lunar eclipses are caused by the Moon falling into the Earth's shadow. The shadow of the Earth moves in direct opposition to the Sun, and is, as it were, “dragged” by it. It is not always the case that the Moon as a whole is darkened by the Earth, but on occasion [the Moon is darkened] just partially. The Moon is eclipsed by falling into the Earth's shadow, and only in that way, can it be seen from the phenomena alone. It affects a total eclipse at a very great height, when very close to the Earth, and at an intermediary distance.

Keywords:   lunar eclipses, Moon, Earth, shadow, Sun, total eclipse

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.