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# Do total eclipses of the sun occur only at full moons? Explain your answer.

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Total solar eclipses take place when there is a new moon, not a full moon. The reason lies in the fact that the entire disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon, which is not the case during partial and annular eclipses. A total lunar eclipse can occur exclusively when the Sun, Earth and Moon are perfectly lined up.