Next year holds no less than FIVE eclipses, but no total solar eclipses
The next total solar eclipse occurs on August 21, 2017 across the USA. You probably know that already, what about the next eclipse? And the next eclipse after that? Throughout 2018 there are actually five eclipses, though nothing to match the events of August 21 – just a couple of lunar eclipses and three partial solar eclipses.
1 – Total Lunar Eclipse, January 31, 2018
Visible from Asia, Australia, Pacific, and western North America, this first eclipse of 2018 is all about the moon turning blood red as it passes through Earth’s umbral – deepest, blackest – shadow. The moon turns red for the same reason that the sun looks red at sunset.
2 – Partial Solar Eclipse, February 15, 2018
Exactly two weeks after a Full Moon has been totally eclipsed, it’s the turn of the Sun to be eclipsed by a New Moon. However, although the moon will intersect the ecliptic for the second time in two weeks, the sun will not be totally eclipsed, so this event will have to be viewed completely through solar eclipse glasses. It’s also only viewable from Antarctica and southern South America.
3 – Partial Solar Eclipse, July 13, 2018
Although it’s technically viewable in south Australia, this Partial Solar Eclipse only grazes that enormous country, so it will be barely visible. The very best place to see it will be Tasmania, where the Sun is only 4% bitten by the Moon, or Antarctica, where it’s 22% blocked near Casey Station.
4 – Total Lunar Eclipse, July 27, 2018
Just as with love and marriage, the partial solar eclipse of July 13, 2018 will be followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse. Viewable from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia,
5 – Partial Solar Eclipse, August 11, 2018
Are you beginning to spot a pattern?! A further two weeks later at New Moon, another Partial Solar Eclipse occurs, this time visible from north Europe and northeast Asia. The Sun will be 10% eclipsed from China, Mongolia, Kazakstan, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
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