Friday, January 5, 2018

Eclipses of 2018

The Solar Eclipses of 2018 will happen February 15, July 13, and August 11, 2018. All three solar eclipses will be partial eclipses. None will be visible from the United States. In fact, all three are in regions where very few people will get to witness them. The February and July eclipses will be in the extreme south of the southern hemisphere while the August eclipse will be in the extreme north of the northern hemisphere for about two-thirds of the eclipse. It will sweep down into Northern Europe and Northeast Asia along the Pacific Ocean. 
The February 15, 2018 solar eclipse is from the 150 saros series. The July 13, 2018 eclipse is from the 117 saros series. The August 11, 2018 is from the 155 saros series. 

The Lunar Eclipses this year will be in January and July

The January Lunar Eclipse is a total on the infamous Blue Moon, January 31 and belongs to the 124 saros series (of lunar eclipses). The locations that will get to experience the totality of the Lunar Eclipse are the western regions of North America, the majority of the Pacific Ocean, Eastern Asia and Australia. 

The July Lunar Eclipse is also a total eclipse, two weeks after and before the July and August solar eclipses. This Lunar Eclipse belongs to the 129 saros series. The locations that will get the best views of the Total Lunar Eclipse are portions of  Asia, Africa and Europe, along with Australia and South America. 

There will be no Full Moon in February, 2018. However there will be a calendar Blue Moon in January and another calendar Blue Moon in March, meaning that there will be two full moons in January and in March.