Solar and lunar eclipses are often confused but have significant differences.

Solar eclipse occurs during the day, lunar eclipse at night.

Solar eclipse occurs when moon blocks sun's light, lunar eclipse occurs when Earth blocks sun's light.

Solar eclipse visible from narrow strip, lunar eclipse visible from anywhere on Earth.

Solar eclipse lasts for minutes, lunar eclipse lasts for hours.

Solar eclipses are less frequent than lunar eclipses.

Solar eclipse shows ring of light or total darkness, lunar eclipse appears reddish.

Direct viewing of solar eclipse is dangerous, indirect viewing or specialized filters recommended.

Lunar eclipse can be viewed with the naked eye without any risk.

Solar and lunar eclipses involve alignment of sun, moon, and Earth.