Looking at all parts of Earth, the next total solar eclipse will occur on July 2, 2019. You will have to be in the South Pacific or South America to see it. Scientists say that the next total solar eclipse that you will be able to see from North America will occur on April 8, 2024. The most recent one was incredibly unique because you were able to see it no matter where you were in the United States.
What is a Solar Eclipse?
This is a type of celestial event where the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. When the eclipse is total or complete, it can completely darken the Earth by blotting out the sun fully. This event can last for up to approximately three hours. How long the eclipse lasts and how much the sun is blocked differs among the various locations on Earth.
Types of a Solar Eclipse
There are four different types and each has a different cause. A total eclipse is essentially a happy accident of nature. For this type, the distances between the moon, sun and Earth must align favorably while the orbital planes intersect.
A partial eclipse involves the penumbra passing overhead and some of the sun still being visible. An annular eclipse involves the sky experiencing a counterfeit twilight effect since some of the sun still shows. A hybrid eclipse happens when the distance of the moon is close to its limit for the umbra being able to reach the Earth.
Seeing a total solar eclipse is certainly a remarkable opportunity. If you are really lucky, you will be in a place where the sun is completely blotted out, leaving the area in complete darkness for at least a few minutes. This is what people in certain areas got to experience with the most recent 2017 total solar eclipse. Now that you know about the upcoming eclipses, you can make plans to be available to view them when they occur.
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