2018 Eclipse Forecast

2018 Eclipse Forecast

Five (5) eclipses will take place in 2017; two LUNAR and three 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 around $30 (If you’re paying much more than that you’re being ripped off IMO.) so no excuses!

*** Wednesday, January 31, 2018: Total Lunar Eclipse

VISIBILITY: Total lunar eclipse will be visible from the entire Pacific region to include most of Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Time & Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2018-january-31

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20180131_09_100


*** Thursday, February 15, 2018: Partial Solar Eclipse (50% Max)

VISIBILITY: Unfortunately, this one will only be visible in Antarctica and the Southern region of South America.

Time & Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-february-15

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20180215_09_100


*** Friday, July 13, 2018: Partial Solar Eclipse (23% Max)

VISIBILITY : This partial solar eclipse will be almost non-existent as it will be a very shallow eclipse only visible in a small section of Antarctica and Southern Australia.

Time and Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-july-13

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20180713_09_100


*** July 27/28 (Fri/Sat): Total Lunar Eclipse

VISIBILITY: Pretty much everyone except for North and Middle America will get to witness at least a partial lunar eclipse. The Eastern half of Africa, the Mid-East and much of Asia and Russia will be able to view this event from start to finish.

Time and Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2018-july-27

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20180727_09_100


*** Saturday, August 11, 2018: Partial Solar Eclipse (68% Max)

VISIBILITY: Most of Asia, Greenland and Iceland.

Time and Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-august-11

Dominic Ford’s “In-The-Sky”: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20180811_09_100


Eclipse Data & Reference Pages:

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

In The Sky Eclipses: https://in-the-sky.org//newsindex.php?feed=eclipses

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