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A total eclipse (of either the Moon or the Sun) occurs when the Moon or Sun is entirely blocked out.

partial eclipse (of either the Moon or the Sun) occurs when only part of the Moon or Sun is obscured.

Sun

During a total solar eclipse, the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon, resulting in a brief period of awe-inspiring darkness.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the new moon comes between the Sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow, the umbra, on Earth. A full solar eclipse, known as totality, is almost as dark as night.

When to See: The next (partial) solar eclipse visible from the Caribbean will not occur until October 14, 2023, with one with even better visibility the following year on April 8, 2024!

Solar Eclipse facts…

A solar eclipse always takes place about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

There are 2 solar eclipses every year.

Do not look directly at the sun, ever! To watch the solar eclipse without damaging your eyes, be sure to use certified protective eyewear. Not sure? find out if your eyewear is suitable to view the eclipse, here.

Moon

During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon is completely obscured by the dark center of Earth’s shadow (called the umbra), giving the Moon a dark, reddish hue.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the full Moon enters the shadow of Earth, which cuts off all or part of the sunlight reflected off the Moon. Lunar eclipses are technically visible from the entire night side of Earth, but during a penumbral eclipse, the dimming of the Moon’s illumination is slight. Learn more about lunar terminology.

penumbral eclipse is a type of lunar eclipse. Penumbral eclipses occur when the Moon enters only the faint outer edge of Earth’s shadow (called the penumbra), which causes the Moon to appear slightly darker than usual. The effect is so slight that a penumbral eclipse can be hard to recognize unless you know to look for it!

When to see: Following a penumbral eclipse on March 25, 2024, and a partial eclipse on September 18, 2024, the next total eclipse will occur on March 14, 2025

Lunar Eclipse facts…

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow)

  • A total lunar eclipse has the direct sunlight completely blocked by the earth’s shadow.
  • The color and brightness of the totally eclipsed moon depends on global weather conditions and the amount of dust suspended in the air.

 

Windspree has more information about the amazing sky in the calendar of even more astrological events and a list of eclipses, both solar and lunar, as well as a full moon schedule for the current calendar year! Check it out and choose the best dates to visit Coral Bay, St. John!


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