Eclipse Season 2019 Kicks Off With Partial Solar Eclipse Today

Partial solar eclipse observed across Japan

Cue a partial lunar eclipse, which is not visible to North America. The Earth will come between the Sun and the Moon in just the right way so that the Earth's shadow is cast entirely across its moon.

In contrast to a solar eclipse where the moon blocks the sun and special filters are a must for safety reasons, a lunar eclipse is simply the full moon sliding into our planet's shadow.

"On that Tuesday in July 2019, the eyes of the world will turn to Chile, as the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, blocking out the light of our Sun", explains Claudio Melo, ESO Representative in Chile.

Should you be tempted to fly down and see it in person, check out our guide to finding cheap flights.

The next total lunar eclipse is set to occur May, 26, 2021 and will be visible for parts of North and South America and East Asia.

The spectacle is watching a Full Moon turn a copper-orange-reddish color during an hour-long "totality" as our satellite passes through Earth's central shadow.

Lunar eclipses describe the moment the Moon passes behind the earth and into its shadow.

Greatest eclipse: 12:12 a.m. (January 21). The next total solar eclipse is coming on July 2, 2019.

The eclipse will be partial, as the alignment between the Sun and the Moon won't be exact.

Partial solar eclipse on January 6: Is it safe to watch? By the way, begins and ends each total Eclipse of the sun, first as a partial.

This partial solar eclipse is the first of six in 2019.

Total lunar eclipse begins: 9:41 p.m. (January 20). From 12:55 to 5:50 p.m. ET. Who is in the Umbra, can be observed from earth, a total Eclipse of the heart.

Beginning at 7:34 a.m. ET and last around 5 1/2 hours.

In fact, 2019 contains a pantheon of eclipses of different types, and eclipse-chasers are getting excited.

"Do not forget the Mercury Transit in November as it's the last one until 2032", warns Xavier Jubier from Paris, France, an eclipse-chaser and member of International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group on Solar Eclipses. From the penumbra only a partial Eclipse is seen.

Known as "The Backyard Astronomer", Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

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