Offbeat Video

By David Aspinall

This toddler wannabe astronaut delivered the most adorable lesson about the solar eclipse complete with scientific words.

Dressed in a homemade spacesuit and sat behind a rudimentary model featuring the Sun, Earth and Moon, brainbox Zia Purohit takes us through the science behind the celestial phenomenon.

Beginning with an explanation of the three types of shadows – umbra, penumbra and antumbra – the three-year-old goes on to explain each phase’s characteristics.

Clever clogs Zia signs off her loveable lesson by reminding everyone about the eclipse on Monday August 21 and warning them not to look at the sun directly.

Zia’s mum Sheela, from Winterville, North Carolina, USA, said: “Zia is super excited for the eclipse.

“She learnt about the eclipse by reading books about the same at the library.


“She has been interested in space ever since she was five-months-old.

“The only book she would enjoy as a night time story book was ‘There’s no place like space’.

“Also, she could identify all the planets by the time she was eight-months-old and was able to name the dwarf planets by the time she was 20-months-old.

“She wants to be an astronaut when she grows up and go to Caltech to do a space program there”.

Zia’s eclipse transcript – 

“Hi, this is little astronaut Zia.

“Today I am going to talk about Solar Eclipse.

“When the moon comes in between sun and earth, the moon’s shadow falls on earth which is causing solar eclipse.

“There are 3 types of shadows: umbra, penumbra and antumbra.

“Umbra is the darker part, Penumbra is the lighter part of the shadow, antumbra is the outer part of the shadow.

“When the moon’s umbra falls on earth, it’s called ‘Total Eclipse’.

“When the moon’s penumbra falls on earth, it’s called ‘Partial Eclipse’.

“Sometimes the moon covers the centre of the sun leaving a circle around the sun which is called ‘Annular Eclipse’.

“There is also a ‘Hybrid Eclipse’ which is a switch through ‘total eclipse’ to ‘Annular Eclipse’.

“Solar Eclipse is happening on August 21st. Do not look at the sun directly. Wear protective eye gear. Be safe.

“Hope you enjoyed the video. Bye!”