|Annular Solar Eclipse, Photo by Marek Okon on Unsplash|
How Often Do Eclipses Occur?
Each year is different. For solar eclipses, there are usually 2-4. Rarely there are 5 solar eclipses in a year (1935 and 2206). For lunar eclipses, there can be anywhere from 0-3, with an average of 2. Even with those numbers, it is rare to have 7 eclipses in a year. This year through 2023, there will be 4 eclipses in total each year. In 2024 and 2027, there will be 5 eclipses for each year.
What Is An Annular Solar Eclipse?
An annular solar eclipse happens when the Sun and Moon are directly in line with the Earth, and the light of the Sun is still visible as a ring (annulus), outlining the Moon. See the photo above for an example.
Will I Be Able To See This Eclipse?
This annular solar eclipse won't be visible to the Americas or Northern Europe. But, it will be visible in parts of: South and Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Pacific, and Indian Ocean.
What Other Kinds of Eclipses Are There?
We see Solar and Lunar eclipses from Earth. They happen when there is a direct alignment between the Sun, Moon, and portions of Earth. Here the various kinds of eclipses possible:
SOLAR ECLIPSES: occur during a New Moon
- Total: the Moon completely obscures a view of the Sun from our viewpoint.
- Partial: the Moon only obscures part of the Sun from our viewpoint.
- Annular: the Moon obscures the Sun, but appears smaller from our viewpoint, and so a ring of the Sun remains visible around the Moon.
- Hybrid: Depending on where you are, you may see an annular or total eclipse of the Sun, or you may see it change from one to the other, and something in between. This is a less frequent type of eclipse.
- Partial: the Earth's shadow (umbra--darkest part of the Earth's shadow, where the Sun isn't shining; and penumbra) partially obscure the Moon.
- Total: the Earth's shadow completely obscures the Moon.
- Penumbral: not always very noticeable, the Moon is obscured only by Earth's lighter or partial section of shadow, called penumbra.