In just a short while, parts of the world will be privy to a pretty big eclipse, which has excited many and led to plenty of stores and libraries selling all of their eclipse glasses. If you and your family are interested in viewing, or just want to know a little more about what is coming up with the eclipse this Monday, take a look at these five fun things to know about the solar eclipse before it becomes a reality this week.

What A Total Eclipse Is

When the New Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, it casts its umbra, or darkest shadow, on Earth. This phenomenon is a total solar eclipse. At this time, the Moon blocks out the entire disk of the Sun.

We use the word "totality" to describe the point at which the Moon entirely covers the Sun. During totality, day becomes as dark as night. Check out this description by Bill Nye and The Planetary Society:

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