On August 21, 2017, many in the US experienced their first solar eclipse. A total solar eclipses occur 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.
From St. John, viewers experienced a partial solar eclipse that began at 2:14pm and ended at 4:47pm local time. The solar eclipse on St. John was at its peak at exactly 3:36pm. 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!
Do you swoon for the moon? Mark your calendars and start the countdown to the Total Lunar Eclipse on January 20-21, 2019. St. John will offer viewers maximum visibility of this awesome sky event.
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.
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.