Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Upcoming Solar Eclipses

I recently posted on upcoming lunar eclipses, but what about upcoming solar eclipses?  What's a solar eclipse?  A solar eclipse takes place when the Moon is positioned in a direct line between the Earth and the Sun.  The Moon blocks the disc of the Sun and casts a shadow onto a tiny portion of Earth's surface.  If you are standing in that tiny portion, you'll see a solar eclipse.

Check out NASA's page of future solar eclipses:

From this list, the next solar eclipse, although just a partial eclipse where the Moon only blocks part of the Sun's light, is October 23, 2014.  Most of the U.S. will observe this partial eclipse.  Although impressive, not nearly as impressive as a total eclipse.  The next total eclipse is March 20, 2015.  Much of northern Africa and Europe will see a partial eclipse.  The path of totality sweeps through the northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans.  

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