Published On: Wed, Feb 14th, 2018

Solar eclipse 2018: When is the next solar eclipse? Is it in February 2018? | Science | News

Earlier this year, star-gazers were dazzled by the incredible Super Blood Blood Moon that graced our skies as a total lunar eclipsed combined with a blue moon and a blood moon for a rare celestial treat.

Unfortunately throughout 2018 only partial eclipses will occur, but astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich believe they are a “remarkable” event regardless.

Royal Observatory Greenwich explained: “An eclipse can be due either to a dark body coming between us and a light emitter, so that we can no longer see the source, or it can be a body coming between a light source and the body that the light is illuminating, so that we no longer see the illuminated body.”

January 31’s total lunar eclipse incorporated a phenomenon not witnessed for 150 years when a blue moon, supermoon and blood moon combined to cover huge swathes of the globe.

The next solar eclipse is Thursday, February 15 and it will be a partial eclipse but unfortunately, the vast majority of us are predicted to see nothing.

Countries which can expect to see the lunar event include Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay – all based in southern South America.

The eclipse will also be be visible in parts of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica.

Space.com says the eclipse’s path will begin over Antarctica, then move up and over Southern America, with a maximum magnitude of 0.599.

It said: “Eclipse magnitude is what fraction of the sun’s diameter is covered by the moon. 

“The point of maximum eclipse — where observers will see the most coverage of the face of the sun — will be on the coast of Antarctica, east of the Antarctic Peninsula, so the nearest inhabited areas are research bases.”

The eclipse with begin between 8pm and 9pm GMT on February 15.

In Buenos Aires, it will arrive at around 6.36pm local time, before reaching its mid-point at 7.13pm local time.

NASA has outlined the path in the map below as it moves over the Southern Hemisphere.

When are the next solar eclipses in 2018?

Time and Date.com has listed a further three eclipses for the year.

The next partial eclipse on July 13 is expected to pass through South Australia, the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

That will be quickly followed by a total lunar eclipse from July 27 to 28 during which totality will last for 103 minutes.

The entire eclipse will be visible from northern Europe, northern Asia and parts of eastern Asia – and for this one the UK will enjoy a partial eclipse, starting at 6.14pm on July 27.

August 11 is the date of the last solar eclipse of 2018.

Another partial eclipse, this one will be visible from northern and eastern Europe, northern parts of North America, and some northern and western locations in Asia.

Should the weather be clear, it could be the most watched solar eclipse of 2018.

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