Fact about solar and lunar eclipses

List of Upcoming Solar and Lunar Eclipses

If celestial events is where your interest lies, you will be mighty pleased to know that a total of 454 eclipses are lined up for the 21st century. Now it would be overtly optimistic on our part to say we will witness them all, but we can surely aim for as many upcoming eclipses as possible.
Total or Partial?
A solar eclipse can be both, total and partial. The solar eclipse that occurred on March 20, 2015, was visible as a total solar eclipse from Svalbard (Norway) and the Faroe Islands, but a partial solar eclipse from other parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Irrespective of whether you are an amateur astronomy enthusiast or a veteran of the field, you are in for a treat with several celestial events lined up for the next few years. These include rare occurrences like the 3-planet conjunction involving Venus, Mars, and Jupiter (2015), the transit of Mercury across the Sun (2016 and 2019), and the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (2020), as well as fairly common occurrences like the annual meteor showers, supermoons, comets, and a whole lot of eclipses.

As many as 454 eclipses are lined up for the 21st century; these include 224 solar eclipses (68 total, 77 partial, 72 annular, and 7 hybrid) and 230 lunar eclipses (85 total, 58 partial, and 87 penumbral).

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

For those who are feeling a bit rusty, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon―in course of orbiting the Earth―comes in between the Sun and Earth and casts its shadow on a particular region of the planet. On the other hand, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and Moon, and its shadow hides the Moon or makes it obscure. One of the major differences between the solar and lunar eclipses is that the former lasts only for a few minutes, while the latter can last for hours together.

List of Upcoming Eclipses

DateEclipse TypeTime (UTC)*Where will it be visible?
March 20, 2015Total Solar Eclipse09:46:47Northern Europe, central Asia, and northern half of Africa
April 4, 2015Total Lunar Eclipse12:01:24Antarctica, Australia, Asia, North America, South America, and Madagascar Islands off coast Africa
September 13, 2015Partial Solar Eclipse06:55:19Antarctica and southern Africa
September 28, 2015Total Lunar Eclipse02:48:17Antarctica, South America, North America, Africa, Europe, and western Asia
March 9, 2016Total Solar Eclipse01:58:19Southeast Asia, Australia, and Alaska in North America
March 23, 2016Penumbral Lunar Eclipse11:48:21Antarctica, Australia, North America, Asia, South America, and parts of eastern Europe
September 1, 2016Annular Solar Eclipse09:08:02Africa, southern Europe, western coast of Australia, and parts of North America
September 16, 2016Penumbral Lunar Eclipse18:55:27Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, northwestern North America, and western South America
February 11, 2017Penumbral Lunar Eclipse00:45:03Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, North America, and parts of Antarctica
February 26, 2017Annular Solar Eclipse14:54:33Antarctica, southern half of South America, and southern Africa
August 7, 2017Partial Lunar Eclipse18:21:38Antarctica, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and eastern South America
August 21, 2017Total Solar Eclipse18:26:40North America, South America, northwestern Africa, western Europe, and eastern Asia
January 31, 2018Total Lunar Eclipse13:31:00Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, eastern Africa, and north-western South America
February 15, 2018Partial Solar Eclipse20:52:33Antarctica and southern half of South America
July 13, 2018Partial Solar Eclipse03:02:16Southern tip of Australia and parts of Antarctica
July 27, 2018Total Lunar Eclipse20:22:54Antarctica, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, Europe, and parts of North America
August 11, 2018Partial Solar Eclipse09:47:28Asia, northern Europe, and northern North America
January 6, 2019Partial Solar Eclipse01:42:38Eastern Asia and Alaska in north-western North America
January 21, 2019Total Lunar Eclipse05:13:27North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and northern parts of Asia
July 2, 2019Total Solar Eclipse19:24:08South America and southern tip of North America
July 16, 2019Partial Lunar Eclipse21:31:55Antarctica, Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and parts North America
December 26, 2019Annular Solar Eclipse05:18:53Asia, Africa, eastern Europe, and parts of Australia
January 10, 2020Penumbral Lunar Eclipse19:11:11Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, northern parts of North America, and eastern parts of South America
June 5, 2020Penumbral Lunar Eclipse19:26:14Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Africa, and western South America
June 21, 2020Annular Solar Eclipse06:41:15Asia, Europe, Africa, and northern parts of Australia
July 5, 2020Penumbral Lunar Eclipse04:31:12Antarctica, South America, North America, Africa, and western Europe
November 30, 2020Penumbral Lunar Eclipse09:44:01North America, Asia, South America, Australia, and parts of western Europe
December 14, 2020Total Solar Eclipse16:14:39Almost the whole of South America, parts of Antarctica, and southern Africa
May 26, 2021Total Lunar Eclipse11:19:53Antarctica, Australia, South America, Southeast and eastern Asia, and Northern America
June 10, 2021Annular Solar Eclipse10:43:07Northern parts of North America, Europe, and Asia
November 19, 2021Partial Lunar Eclipse09:04:06North America, South America, Asia, Australia, western Europe, and western Antarctica
December 4, 2021Total Solar Eclipse07:34:38Antarctica, southern Africa, and southern tip of South America
April 30, 2022Partial Solar Eclipse20:42:36Southern South America and parts of Antarctica
May 16, 2022Total Lunar Eclipse04:12:42South America, Antarctica, Africa, North America, Europe, and eastern parts of Asia
October 25, 2022Partial Solar Eclipse11:01:20Europe, eastern Asia, north-western Africa, and northern parts of North America
November 8, 2022Total Lunar Eclipse11:00:22North America, Asia, Australia, South America, Europe, and parts of Antarctica
April 20, 2023Hybrid Solar Eclipse04:17:56Southeast Asia, Australia, and Antarctica
May 5, 2023Penumbral Lunar Eclipse17:24:05Asia, Antarctica, Africa, Europe, and Australia
October 14, 2023Annular Solar Eclipse18:00:41North America, South America, and parts of western Africa
October 28, 2023Partial Lunar Eclipse20:15:18Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, eastern parts of South America and North America
March 25, 2024Penumbral Lunar Eclipse07:13:59North America, South America, western Europe, western Africa, eastern Asia, and eastern Australia
April 8, 2024Total Solar Eclipse18:18:29North America, parts of western Europe, and northern parts of South America
September 18, 2024Partial Lunar Eclipse02:45:25South America, North America, Africa, Europe, and eastern Asia
October 2, 2024Annular Solar Eclipse18:46:13Southern and western South America, and Antarctica

*Time of the Greatest Eclipse (UTC)
While scientists look at an eclipse as a celestial occurrence, in some communities it is considered a divine intervention. Nevertheless, there is no denying the fact that the event is tracked by millions of people across the globe; some do it for its religious and cultural attributes, others do it for sheer fun.
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