Upcoming Lunar and Solar Eclipses Around the World

Each year, only two to four solar eclipses take place around the world. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to find yourself in a suitable location to view a partial eclipse, and even more difficult to see a total eclipse. From rare phenomenon like the Blood Moon to once every three decade viewings from North America, keeping up with the phases of the moon can be difficult. Here are the upcoming lunar and solar eclipses around the world for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018.

 

1.When: August 7th, 2017

What: Partial Lunar Eclipse

 

A partial lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth positions itself between the sun and the moon. Although not in a perfectly straight line, the moon will be partially covered by part of the Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra. Taking nearly two hours from start to finish, the partial lunar eclipse on August 7th will not be visible from North America. Those located in Africa, Australia, Asia, and far Eastern Europe will have spectacular views of the partial covering of the moon. This event will take place two weeks before a phenomenon known as a total solar eclipse which will be seen only from the United States in its entirety, so if you miss the partial lunar eclipse and are located in America, you will have an opportunity to see an even rarer phenomenon.

 

2.When: August 21st, 2017

What: Total Solar Eclipse

 

A total solar eclipse takes place when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun. During this process, the moon blocks any direct sunlight cast from the sun. Unlike a partial eclipse, a total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon are perfectly, or close to perfectly, aligned with each other. Since the sunlight is blocked, certain parts of the Earth will be plunged into complete darkness. The August 21st total solar eclipse will cover a 70 mile wide path right across North America, making centrally located states in America the best place to witness the phenomenon. Since this only happens on occasion, it has been almost three decades since the moon’s full shadow has passed over North America. This event generally takes less than three minutes and will be in full force around 10:21am. Many people in the region will not even realize that the event is taking place since the suns rays will still maintain daylight. Remember that it’s dangerous to look right at a total solar eclipse unless you are wearing proper eye protection!

 

3.When: January 31st, 2018

What: Total Lunar Eclipse

 

Much like a total solar eclipse, a total lunar eclipse takes place when the sun, the Earth, and the moon form a straight line. The Earth, located in the middle, blocks any sunlight from hitting the moon and causes the sun to cast the Earth’s shadow on the moon. The shadow of the moon, known as the umbra, causes the moon to disappear for a few short minutes during a total lunar eclipse. At different times, the eclipse will be noticeable from around the world, with the exception of most of Africa and South America. Australia, Western Canada, and East Asia will have the most spectacular views of the eclipse. Total lunar eclipses generally look the same from anywhere in the world and happen at exactly the same time everywhere. What is most unusual about lunar eclipses is that the light from the sun will pass through parts of the Earth’s shadow and make the moon look reddish. From certain locations around the planet, the moon will look like its red and is often referred to as the Blood Moon. For those in North America, Europe, and parts of Asia, the moon will look red during this time period.

 

4.When: February 15th, 2018

What: Partial Solar Eclipse

 

A partial solar eclipse takes place when the moon comes in between the sun and the Earth, but only partially covers the sun. The sun is partially obstructed in the sky for a few moments as the moon passes between the two. With the partial solar eclipse on February 15th, viewers who are desperate to witness the event will have to travel to the very south of Argentina or Chile or head out on a cruise to Antarctica. Those residing in North America, northern and central South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia will have to sit this one out. During this particular solar eclipse, only about half of the sun will be blocked out by the moon, however the rarity of the event is in the location. Only a few thousand people around the world will witness this partial solar eclipse.

 

5.When: July 13th, 2018

What: Partial Solar Eclipse

 

Much like the partial solar eclipse on February 15th, the moon will once again position itself between the sun and the Earth. However, this one will only be visible from the very southern tip of Australia as well as Tasmania, a small portion of Antarctica, and the Indian Ocean. This partial solar eclipse will cover even less of the sun than the partial eclipse taking place earlier in the year, with only about a quarter of the sun appearing obstructed. Once again, anyone looking to witness this will have to travel far from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to reach the small part of the world that will witness the July 13th partial solar eclipse.

 

6.When: July 27th/28th, 2018

What: Total Lunar Eclipse

 

Happening when the sun, the Earth, and the moon form a straight line, the Earth blocks the sunlight from hitting the moon and causes the moon to appear dark in the sky during this total lunar eclipse. Total lunar eclipses look the same across the world and happen at exactly the same time everywhere. This particular lunar eclipse will take place on July 27th/28th depending on where you are located in the world. In Asia and Africa, the total lunar eclipse will take place on July 28th and be more visible to the human eye, especially in western and central Asia since it will occur during the early hours of the morning. In North America, the total lunar eclipse will not be visible since it will be daytime. South America and Europe will catch a partial eclipse, however it will be more difficult to see than from Africa and Asia due to the timing of the event.

7.When: August 11th, 2018

What: Partial Solar Eclipse

 

As the third partial solar eclipse of the year takes place, the August 11th partial eclipse will see the moon once again position itself slightly between the Earth and the sun. This time around, the moon will cover most of the sun. The eclipse will not be seen from North America, Africa, South America, Europe, or Australia. For those who are dying to see the most impressive eclipse of the year, the views will be most impressive from the far eastern parts of Russia and China. Northern Canada and the north of Greenland will also have impressive views. Due to the dark conditions in these remote parts of the world, the eclipse will be a true sight to see and only a few thousand people around the world will witness the event. This will also mark the last eclipse of 2018.

 

In 2019, there will be six solar and lunar eclipses around the world. This includes one transit eclipse, which is truly a rare event. A transit eclipse takes place when one of the inner planets of Mercury or Venus pass across the sun. From Earth, this partially blocks the light, however since the planets are located so far away from the Earth, the sun does not appear to be as blocked as it looks during a solar eclipse. The moon is located much closer to Earth and therefore can block much more sunlight during an eclipse. The next few years are an exciting time to look to the skies, especially with the rare transit eclipse!

Born and raised in Spain, Eva graduated from University College London with a degree in Modern Languages. She spent most of her twenties travelling around the world and freelancing as a translator before switching to online marketing and beginning a series of entrepreneurial ventures. She is passionate about languages, travel, healthy lifestyle, personal development and inspiring others to achieve their maximum potential.

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