2017 Eclipse Schedule


The annual minimum of four eclipses will take place in 2017; two LUNAR and two SOLAR. To give you a feel for the orbital mechanics involved, you will notice that the lunar eclipses precede the solar eclipses (or vice versa) each by two weeks. For example; this is similar to the October 8 lunar eclipse/October 23rd solar eclipse in 2014. That means that when you see a lunar eclipse of any sort during Full Moon there’s a decent chance that a couple weeks later as the Moon enters New Moon phase, that alignment will bear a solar eclipse of some sort. If not, then a very near miss. So let’s take a look at the 2017 eclipses that we can look forward to.

It may sound cliché but do not look at solar eclipses (or the Sun in general) without eye protection that’s designed for looking at the Sun. Anything other than this may result in permanent eye damage to you or a loved one. If you need to know where to get them check these links or ask me. You can get a pack of 25 for just over $20 (If you’re paying much more than that you’re being ripped off IMO.) so no excuses!



*** February 10/11, 2017: PENUMBRAL LUNAR ECLIPSE

VISIBILITY: Penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.

Time & Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2017-february-11

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20170211_10_100


***February 26, 2017: ANNULAR “Ring of Fire” SOLAR ECLIPSE

VISIBILITY: Annular “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse will be visible from the southern tip of South America, across the Atlantic and finally South West Africa. Areas to either side of the path of totality will see a great partial eclipse.  The closer to the path of totality you are, the greater the partial eclipse you will see.

Time & Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-february-26

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20170226_10_100


*** August 7/8, 2017: PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE

VISIBILITY : Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.

Time and Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2017-august-7

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20170807_10_100


***August 21, 2017: TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE “The Great American Eclipse”

VISIBILITY: North America from Oregon to South Carolina. Areas to either side of the path of totality will see a great partial eclipse.  The closer to the path of totality you are, the greater the partial eclipse you will see.

Time and Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21

NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-moon-data-provides-more-accurate-2017-eclipse-path

Michael Zeiler’s Great American Eclipse: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20170821_10_100


Eclipse Data & Reference Pages:

TimeAndDate 10-Year Eclipse List: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/list.html

Moon Giant LUNAR Eclipse Center: http://www.moongiant.com/Lunar_Eclipse_Calendar.php

Moon Connection Eclipse Info Page: http://www.moonconnection.com/lunar_vs_solar.phtml

US NAVY Eclipse Generator: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/SolarEclipses.php

Michael Zeiler’s Eclipse Maps: http://eclipse-maps.com/Eclipse-Maps/Welcome.html

National Eclipse (great resource for the Great American Eclipse of 2017): http://nationaleclipse.com/