Solar Eclipse: Why, When, & Where To See The Next


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A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between Earth and the sun. This makes it look like the sun is blocked out for a short while. The moon casts its shadow on Earth, blocking out sunlight from reaching our planet.

What causes a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when the moon blocks all or part of the sun’s face for up to several hours, during which time both sky and ground appear dark.

What you should know before the eclipse- what to expect and what to prepare for, including the ‘How’ and ‘Where’ to view the event.

If you are viewing this site from an area outside of North America, your experience may differ in some ways such as differences in totality duration and timing, so please consult your local astronomy club for more details about these variables.

Here is a list of upcoming Eclipse in 2021:

Date Type of Eclipse Location
26th May 2021 Lunar Eclipse (Total) South/East Asia, Australia, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica
10th June 2021 Solar Eclipse (Annular) Much of Europe, Much of Asia, North/West Africa, Much of North America, Atlantic, Arctic
18th-19th Nov 2021 Lunar eclipse (Partial) Much of Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, North/West Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic
4th December 2021 Solar Eclipse (Total) South in Australia, South in Africa, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica

Solar Eclipse FAQs – All your frequently asked questions about eclipses answered.

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between Earth and the sun, obscuring it. It’s a rare event that can only happen during a new moon.

What does a Solar Eclipse look like?

When an eclipse takes place, it will darken day to night in varying degrees all over the world. The closer you are to totality (where day turns into the night), the more pronounced this effect will be.

When you’re close enough to totality, you’ll feel like it’s nighttime! You’ll be able to see stars and planets (even better than usual!) because there’s much less light pollution than during a normal day.