Note: There are several phrases in English to describe an eclipse; the two most frequent are ‘solar eclipse’ and ‘lunar eclipse’. In this phrasing eclipse means when one of two celestial bodies, the Earth and the Moon come in front of each other so that light from the Sun is prevented from shining on the other body. A ‘solar eclipse’ can only happen during daylight, and is when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. A ‘lunar eclipse’ can only happen at night, and is when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. In the first case, light doesn’t reach portions of the Earth; in the latter case light doesn’t reach parts, or all, of the Moon.