Eclipse Season 2019 Kicks Off With Partial Solar Eclipse Today

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A blood moon is simply the name given for the color that the moon turns during a total lunar eclipse, when the sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere bends around the planet and scatters the shorter wavelength light (blues and greens) and leaves the redder end of the spectrum to fall onto the moon's surface.

It was the first solar eclipse seen in Japan since March 9, 2016, when a partial eclipse occurred in the morning. The Earth will come between the Sun and the Moon in just the right way so that the Earth's shadow is cast entirely across its moon. An eclipse is a result of the flawless lineup of the sun, earth and moon. "This is why a lunar eclipse is often called a blood moon". Unlike the short solar eclipse, the lunar eclipse will last a few hours.

January's Total Lunar Eclipse is also known as a "Super Blood Wolf Moon" eclipse.

If the Great American Eclipse of August 2017 left you hungry for another colossal cosmic event, then you're in luck-sort of. By 3:40pm EST, the partial eclipse will be over as well, and the moon's shadow will have passed across the continent and back over to the Atlantic Ocean.

"If you were on the moon, you would see an orange ring around the Earth", he notes.

Being in the path of totality of a total solar eclipse is a rare experience impossible to completely replicate.

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"The weather was fine, and some 60 people, including parents and children, joyfully observed the solar eclipse", said Koichi Tago, a 44-year-old curator at the museum. "I don't like the term "eclipse-chaser" since I get in place first; I am an "eclipse preceder" or "umbraphile", says Pasachoff, whose team will image the Sun's corona from La Silla Observatory to the north of the central line of the eclipse.

They can only happen when there is a Full Moon.

The partial solar eclipse as seen from Calgary, Alberta, on May 20, 2012, captured at maximum eclipse.

The next total solar eclipse to hit the United States will happen on April 8, 2024 and will pass across the eastern part of the country.

"Do not forget the Mercury Transit in November as it's the last one until 2032", warns Xavier Jubier from Paris, France, an eclipse-chaser and member of International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group on Solar Eclipses.