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Solar eclipse: What is Solar eclipse? Next Solar eclipse? It’s Types?

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Nature is too amazing, It shows it’s beauty, it’s natural calamities, to everyone.


Well, Today I gonna tell you about an awesome natural event that takes place in nature.


It’s Solar eclipse.

I have never seen a Solar eclipse but I have a fever to know about the Solar eclipse. I think you may also like to know about the Solar eclipse.


So let’s begin.


In this post, you are going to know What is a Solar eclipse, how often do Solar eclipses occur, when is the next Solar eclipse and Causes of the Solar eclipse on us.


So, Without wasting time let’s begin with the question What is a Solar eclipse.



What is a Solar eclipse?

A Solar eclipse is a natural event that takes place when the moon comes between Earth and sun.  As Moon comes between Earth and sun it blocks the sunlight that falls on earth. But, the moon is not large enough to blocks whole sunlight that falls on earth.


What is Solar eclipse?


Moon blocks only some portion of sunlight that falls on the earth. This shadow can cover whole continent or some small countries.


The moon orbits the Earth at an angle, approximately 5 degrees relative to the Earth-sun plane, the moon crosses the Earth’s orbital plane only twice a year. These times are called eclipse seasons. As these are the only times when an eclipse can occur.



For an eclipse to occur, Moon must lie in the correct phase in an eclipse season. A Solar eclipse is formed rarely because to form Solar eclipse, it must be a new moon.


When Shadow falls on Earth it shows its two parts, a central region which called umbra and an outer region penumbra. It all depends on which part passes over you.



Well, In short, there are three types of Solar eclipse:-

*Total Solar eclipse

*Partial Solar eclipse

*Annular Solar eclipse



Types of Solar eclipse



I will explain all these types of a Solar eclipse in detail below. So Let’s begin with the first type of Solar eclipse that is the Total Solar eclipse.


 What is the Total Solar eclipse?

Well, There are two types of attractions a Total Solar eclipse. First one is only for a few minutes you can look at the sun’s corona without safety glasses. The second is the complete blackout all around due to the moon’s shadow.


While seeing the sun’s corona is only dependent on clear skies, the blackout is increased by cloud. However, clear sky is preferable, not least because it also lets you see partial eclipse either side of totality.


On August 21, 2017, a Total Solar eclipse happened, which is rarest among three Solar eclipses mentioned in this post. In order for this event take place, the moon must be incorrect phase i.e at not be near apogee in it’s around the earth.


What is a Partial Solar eclipse?

Partial solar eclipses occur when the Moon only partially obscures the Sun’s disk and casts only its penumbra on Earth.

During this type of Eclipse the sun, earth and the moon don’t align in the same path and the moon casts only some outer part of the shadow, the penumbra on the earth. This eclipse looks like the Moon has taken a bite out of the sun.


This Partial Solar Eclipse blocked only some of the part of the sun. This type of Solar eclipse will look more often from the large area of the earth. If a Partial Solar eclipse is going to happen then a big part of the earth will be witnessed.


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What is an Annular Solar eclipse?

The Annular Solar eclipse is much rarer than a partial Solar eclipse. When an Annular Solar eclipse takes place then its look likes a ring form in the sky. A ring that shines a white light in the sky and this event is too awesome.


In this event, the moon looks like moon slightly smaller than the sun. During these events, a noticeable darkening of the sky can be seen but not to the dramatic extent that a total solar eclipse can.



When is Next Solar eclipse



When is the Next Total Solar eclipse?

Have you missed the Total Solar eclipse? Then, Don’t Worry.


I am gonna tell you next Solar eclipse that will be going to happen in next coming years.


Here are the 10 next Solar eclipse that will be going to happen in next coming years. Total solar eclipses are rare, sure. But they do happen every couple of years.



  • July 2, 2019, Next Solar eclipse – South Pacific, Chile, Argentina.
  • December 14, 2020, Next Solar Eclipse – South Pacific, Argentina, South Atlantic.
  • December 4, 2021 Next Solar Eclipse – Antarctica.
  • April 8, 2024 Next Solar Eclipse – Mexico, U.S., Canada.
  • August 12, 2026, Next Solar Eclipse – Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain.
  • August 2, 2027 Next Solar Eclipse – Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia.
  • July 22, 2028, Next Solar Eclipse – Australia, New Zealand.
  • November 25, 2030, Next Solar Eclipse – Botswana, South Africa, Australia.
  • March 30, 2033 Next Solar Eclipse – Russia, Alaska.
  • September 2, 2035, Next Solar Eclipse – China, North Korea, Japan, Pacific.


So, This is the list of Next Solar eclipse that takes place in coming years. I Hope you will enjoy it.


How to safely watch a Solar eclipse?


How to safely watch a Solar eclipse?

Don’t Look at the sun directly. Doing so can damage your eyes. The Perfect ways to look at the sun is by projecting the image.


Below I have mentioned the best way to project the sun’s image.


  1. Get two pieces of a cardboard.
  2. With a pin or sharp object make a small hole in the center of the one piece ( Size hole will be same as the size of the pencil point).
  3. Take both the pieces of cardboard in your hand.
  4. Stand with your back to the sun.
  5. Hold the piece with the pinhole in one hand, place the other piece (the screen) behind it.
  6. The image will be formed when the sunlight passes through the pinhole.
  7. Adjust the distance between the two pieces to focus and change the size of the image.


So, Enjoy the Solar eclipse with your Pinhole camera. Well, I hope you like this article on Solar Eclipse. Don’t forget to share it.

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