Eclipse 2018: Will there be another eclipse on August 21st like 2017?

The 2017 eclipse passed over the United States with the path of totality stretching from Oregon down to the East Coast.

The eclipse lasted around one hour and 34 minutes as the sun moved across the sky, blocking the star’s face for around two minutes at a time.

The astronomical event was the first total solar eclipse visible in its entirety in the US in nearly 100 years.

More than 12 million people across the US watched the eclipse in awe and many now want to know when the next solar eclipse will happen.

Will there be another eclipse on August 21, 2018?

Eclipse-hunters in the UK had to wait since August 1999 to see the American eclipse and it looks like they will have to wait a bit longer.

The next time the moon covers the sun over the US will be on April 8, 2024.

The prognosis is even more dire for stargazers in the UK because they will have to wait until September 2090.

However a number of partial solar eclipses and total lunar eclipses should keep astronomy enthusiasts happy in the meantime.

NASA’s Goddard Flight Center lists at least seven different solar eclipses between July 13, 2018, and December 14, 2020.

A partial solar eclipse will take a bite out of the sun on August 11 at around 9.02am BST.

But the eclipse will only be visible from the northernmost parts of Siberia, Greenland and Canada.

A total eclipse will then pass over parts of Chile and Argentina in South America on July 2, 2019.

But before either of those events, stargazers will enjoy the breathtaking Blood Moon total lunar eclipse combo.

When is the Blood Moon lunar eclipse this year?

The Blood Moon will appear in the night sky on Friday, July 27.

The lunar eclipse will be the longest eclipse of the century, clocking in at one hour and 43 minutes.

In the UK the Blood Moon will appear at moonrise around 8.50pm BST for London.

The eclipse will be visible throughout the whole country but moonrise times will slightly vary between locations.

Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Affelia Wibisono said: “The eclipse will start off in the east and then when the eclipse ends, when it’s completely out of the Earth’s shadow, it will be fairly high in the south about 12 to 12.30am.”


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