Skygazers are often waiting with bated breath to witness amazing celestial events in the form of Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses. The mix of five events occurring in 2019 is exciting since no two are alike! There are three different types of solar eclipse -- one each of partial, annular, and total -- along with a total and a partial lunar eclipse. We have a list of Solar Eclipses 2019, Lunar Eclipses 2019 for you to brace yourself up for these rare celestial treats.
Partial Solar Eclipse 2019: January 6
The world witnessed this year's first partial solar eclipse or Surya Grahan 2019 on January 6. This was the day when the moon and sun aligned in such a manner that the sun's disk is blocked by the moon. This partial solar eclipse 2019 began at 5:04 am on January 6 and lsted till 9:18 am. During a partial solar eclipse, the moon covers the sun's disk only partially. The Moon, the Sun and Earth don't align perfectly in a straight line, which is why it is called a partial solar eclipse and not a total solar eclipse.
Total lunar eclipse meets super blood wolf moon: January 20
The moon, the Earth and sun lined up on January 20 for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. The phenomenon witnessed a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one. At the same time, the moon appeared very close to the Earth, emerging bigger and brighter than usual - a supermoon. It began with the partial phase around 10:34 pm EST on January 20.
Total Solar Eclipse: July 2
Now that the two eclipses have already passed, skygazers are waiting for another to happen. Diehard eclipse-chasers will get this opportunity on July 2 when the world will see a total solar eclipse. To experience all that daylight darkness, you'll need to be bobbing in a remote stretch of the South Pacific Ocean some 700 miles north of Easter Island. According to skyandtelescope.com, most eclipse chasers are eyeing locations in the path's only real landfall - central Chile and Argentina. It will be late afternoon on July 2 when the moon's umbra crosses these countries at sub-tropical latitudes near 30 degrees south.
July 16: Partial Lunar Eclipse
Just two weeks after July's new Moon, the month's full moon will dive about two-thirds of the wat into Earth's umbral shadow, skyandtelescope.com says. The mid-eclipse at 21:31 UT will not be visible at all from North America, it says. However, it is timed best for skywatchers in Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia.
Annular Solar Eclipse: December 26
It will be on December 26 when the year 2019 will sum up on a dramatic note with an annular eclipse. It will trace across the Eastern hemisphere for some 8,000 miles over the course of 3.3 hours. According to skyandtelescope.com, the event will begin at dawn north of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, with 2m 59s of annularity. Greatest eclipse (with a central duration lasting 3m 39s) will come in eastern Sumatra. Most of Singapore's 5½ million inhabitants are situated just within the path of annularity, it says. Just before it departs Earth's surface, the antumbral shadow races over Guam for 3m 10s.