Solar eclipse; according to Astronomers, occurs when a portion of the Earth is engulfed in a shadow cast by the Moon, which fully or partially blocks sunlight. This occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned. Such alignment coincides with a new moon indicating the Moon is closest to the ecliptic plane.
According to Astronomers, there are three main types of solar eclipses. These are; Total solar eclipse (A total solar eclipse is visible from a small area on Earth), Partial solar eclipse (This happens when the Sun, Moon and Earth are not exactly aligned), and the Annular solar eclipse (an annular eclipse happens when the Moon is farthest from Earth).
Below are the three most recent Total Solar Eclipses that occurred.
September 1, 2016 (Time of greatest eclipse-09:08:02, duration-3:06).
February 26, 2017 (Time of greatest eclipse-14:54:33, duration-0:44).
The latest Total Solar Eclipse occurred on August 21, 2017 (Time of greatest eclipse-18:26:40, duration-2:40).
According to Astronomers, Solar eclipses are fairly numerous; it happens about 2 to 4 times per year, but the area on the ground covered by totality of the eclipse, is only about 50 miles wide. In any given location on Earth, a total eclipse happens only once every hundred years or so, though for selected locations they can occur as little as a few years apart.
The next worldwide Solar Eclipse, (partial), according to Scientist, will be happening on 30 April 2022. The area to be be covered by the eclipse, are South America, Antarctica, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Again on 25 October 2022, there would be a Partial Total Solar Eclipse across Asia, Europe, north Africa and the Middle East.
The next total solar eclipse visible from the UK will be on 12 August 2026, plunging the UK into near-darkness.
The rest are: April 20, 2023-Total (Mostly in Indian and Pacific oceans, and Indonesia).
October 14, 2023-Annular (OR, NV, UT, NM, TX, C America, Colombia and Brazil).
April 8, 2024-Total (N Mexico, U.S. (TX to ME), SE Canada and oceans on either side).
October 2, 2024-Annular (S Chile, S Argentina, and oceans on either side).
February 17, 2026-Annular (Only in Antarctica).
February 6, 2027-Annular (S Pacific, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, S Atlantic).
August 2, 2027-Total ( Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Arabian Sea).
January 26, 2028-Annular (Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, North Atlantic Ocean, Portugal and Spain).
July 22, 2028-Total (Indian Ocean, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Ocean).
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