Solar Eclipse Calendar
hat is a solar eclipse calendar
? Not to be confused with a lunar eclipse
, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon lines up precisely in front of the Earth so that the Moon blocks the Sun’s rays and the Moon’s shadow falls upon the Earth. As shown on the solar eclipse calendar below, this relatively rare occurrence only happens during a new moon
, when the Earth, Moon and Sun are exactly or very closely aligned, with the Moon in the middle. The shadow cast can partially or totally cover the Moon, which can result in a total eclipse
, partial eclipse
or annular eclipse
for Earth’s viewing pleasure. The type and length of a solar eclipse depends upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. A total solar eclipse lasts for only a few minutes and can only be viewed by those along a narrow path of the Earth’s surface.
Solar Eclipse Frequency
Solar Eclipse Calendar
The Earth’s orbit is called the ecliptic plane as the Moon’s orbit must cross this plane in order for an eclipse (both solar as well as lunar) to occur. In addition, the Moon’s actual orbit is elliptical, often taking it far enough away from the Earth so that its apparent size is not large enough to block the Sun totally. The orbital planes cross each year at a line of nodes resulting in at least two, and up to five, solar eclipses occurring each year; no more than two of which can be total eclipses. Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any particular location because totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth’s surface traced by the Moon’s shadow or umbra.Solar eclipses can occur 2 to 5 times per year, at least once per eclipse season. Since the Gregorian calendar was instituted in 1582, years that have had five solar eclipses were 1693, 1758, 1805, 1823, 1870, and 1935. The next occurrence will be 2206.
When is the next Solar Eclipse?
The solar eclipse calendar
is a listing of some upcoming solar eclipses. Times are expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UT), the international basis for other time zones. The type and length of a solar eclipse depends upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. A solar eclipse lasts for only a few minutes and can only be viewed from those located on a narrow path of the Earth’s surface. For additional solar eclipse calendar dates, please see NASA’s
solar eclipse page.
Solar Eclipse Calendar Cycle
If the date and time of any solar eclipse are known, it is possible to predict other eclipses using eclipse cycles. The saros is probably the best known and one of the most accurate eclipse cycles. A saros lasts 6,585.3 days (a little over 18 years), which means that after this period a practically identical eclipse will occur. A saros series lasts 1226 to 1550 years and 69 to 87 eclipses, with about 40 to 60 central.
Solar Eclipse Mythology
A solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon. Nevertheless, in some ancient and modern cultures, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as bad omens. A total solar eclipse can be frightening to people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear during the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.
Popular Full Moon Calendars
Some popular full moon calendars include the following: Moon Calendar 2011,Moon Calendar 2012
, Moon Calendar 2013
, Moon Calendar 2014
, Moon Calendar 2015
, Moon Calendar 2016
, Moon Calendar 2017
, Moon Calendar 2018
, Moon Calendar 2019
, Moon Calendar 2020
, Moon Calendar 2021
, Moon Calendar 2022
, Moon Calendar 2020
, Moon Calendar 2023
, Moon Calendar 2024
, Moon Calendar 2025
You can also check out our Full Moon Calendar
, Lunar Calendar
, Lunar Eclipse Calendar
and Solar Eclipse Calendar
Full Moon Names History
Full Moon Names
Full Moon names
have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the Flower Moon
. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.
Although many Native American tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known full moon names come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the full moons.