Eclipses have long ceased to be events that anticipate “divine punishments” to become astronomical phenomena that allow us to learn more about the Sun and Moon, and this year 2023 will be no exception. We show you below eclipse schedule this year.

While you’re here, check out our guides on how to photograph the Moon or how to photograph an eclipse.

types of eclipses

Simply put, eclipses are astronomical phenomena in which light coming from one celestial body is blocked by another. From Earth, we can appreciate solar and lunar eclipses that occur when the Sun and Moon coincide with our planet.

solar eclipses

Solar eclipses occur when the Moon “blocks” the Sun’s light by casting its shadow on the Earth during the day. To do this, the three bodies must be partially or completely aligned. They can be partialthat is, the moon does not cover the entire sun, resultswhen it obstructs the passage of light, leaving the planet in shadow, or annularwhen the ring of the solar disk remains visible.

Most solar eclipses are partial and occur at least twice a year, although up to five can occur. In any case, about every year and a half you can see a total eclipse. It is estimated that, on average, a solar eclipse can be observed from the same place on Earth approximately every 375 years.

lunar eclipses

Blood moon eclipse May 26, 2021.
This is what the eclipse of the blood moon looked like on May 26, 2021. GettyImages

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow that obscures our only natural satellite. Sometimes the Moon takes on a reddish color because the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs other colors.

There are three types of lunar eclipses: penumbralwhen the Earth causes a faint darkening on the lunar surface, losing its traditional color, partialwhen only part of the moon is obscured, and resultswhen the moon is completely hidden by the shadow of the earth.

Lunar eclipses always occur on a full moon. Unlike solar eclipses, which can only be observed from certain points on Earth and for a few minutes, a lunar eclipse can be observed from anywhere where it is night and lasts for several hours.

eclipse calendar for 2023

Timelapse of a lunar eclipse

Are you curious to know when and where the eclipse will occur? This is the eclipse calendar you can follow in 2022, although visibility will depend on where you live.

date Boy Visibility
April 20, 2023 partial solar eclipse Will be seen as mixed in Indonesia, Australia
and Papua New Guinea. This will be seen as partial in
Southeast Asia, Australia, Philippines and New Zealand.
May 5-6, 2023 penumbral lunar eclipse It can be seen in Africa, Asia and Australia.
October 14, 2023 annular solar eclipse It will be visible as a ring in the western United States.
USA, Central America, Colombia and Brazil. it will be seen
as a partial in Atodo América, except for its end
October 28, 2023 partial lunar eclipse It will be visible in Eastern America, Europe, Africa, Asia.
and Australia.

Why study eclipses?

According to the US National Space Agency (NASA), scientists continue to learn about the Moon through lunar eclipses. For example, in 2011 the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter collected data on how quickly the day side of the Moon (facing Earth) cools during a lunar eclipse.

With the help of this data, according to NASA, it is possible to learn in more detail what materials the surface of the Moon can contain, to determine, among other things, which areas are covered with stones and which are flat.

Solar eclipses are unique opportunities for studying the solar corona, as the top layer of this star is called. During an annular eclipse, NASA uses instruments on the ground and in space to analyze this surface in detail.

Source: Digital Trends

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