Some parts of the planet may also experience solar eclipses or a "transit" of the sun by the planet Mercury, which is also technically an eclipse. Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow. If our natural satellite goes fully into the deepest part of the shadow, the moon turns red , because the only light reaching it is red light from the edges of Earth's sphere. During partial lunar eclipses, a black shadow appears on the face of the moon. Once every 19 years, there's a long gap between total lunar eclipses; this occurs because of the geometry of the positions of the Earth, sun and moon.
This means that the next total lunar eclipse won't happen until But there will be several other eclipses before then. The only other lunar eclipse of will take place on July 16, but North America will miss out on the show. Coincidentally, July 16 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 , the first crewed mission to land on the moon.
Then, will see four penumbral eclipses. The term "penumbral" refers to a situation in which the moon just skirts into the lightest part of the Earth's shadow, meaning the eclipse is just barely visible. On the morning of the full Moon on June 17, , as morning twilight begins, the bright planet Jupiter will appear in the southwest at about 8 degrees above the horizon and the planet Saturn will appear in the south-southeast at about 25 degrees above this horizon.
The bright star appearing nearly overhead will be Deneb, part of the "Summer Triangle. As the month progresses, Jupiter, Saturn, and the background of stars will appear to shift towards the west. Venus will appear to shift closer to the Sun, rising closer to sunrise and becoming more difficult to see. Venus will pass on the far side of the Sun as seen from the Earth in mid-August By the morning of the full Moon on July 16, , as morning twilight begins, Jupiter will have already set and Saturn will appear low in the southwest at about 7 degrees above the horizon.
This summer should be a great time for Jupiter and Saturn watching, especially with a backyard telescope. Jupiter was at its closest and brightest for the year on June 10, while Saturn will be at its closest and brightest on July 9, called "opposition" because they are opposite the Earth from the Sun, effectively a "full Jupiter" and a "full Saturn".
Both will appear to shift towards the west over the coming months, making them visible earlier in the evening sky and friendlier for backyard stargazing, especially if you have young ones with earlier bed times. With clear skies and a small telescope you should be able to see Jupiter's four bright moons, Ganymede, Callisto, Europa, and Io, shifting positions noticeably in the course of an evening. Galileo was the first person known to point the newly developed telescope at Jupiter, and he immediately noticed these moons that we now call the Galilean moons.
For Saturn, you should be able to see the brightly illuminated rings as well as the motions of Saturn's moons, particularly the largest moon, Titan. On Wednesday evening, June 12, , the bright star appearing to the lower right of the waxing gibbous Moon will be Spica. Even though they are not usually visible, I include in these Moon missives information about Near Earth Objects mostly asteroids that pass the Earth within about 10 or 15 lunar distances, because I find it interesting that we have discovered so many.
Sometime around Friday, June 14, , Jun UTC with 5 days, 8 hours, 5 minutes uncertainty , Near Earth Object YA14 , between and feet 48 and meters in size, will pass the Earth at between 8.
On Saturday night into Sunday morning, June 15 to 16, , the bright planet Jupiter, the bright star Antares, and the waxing, gibbous, almost full Moon will appear as a triangle, with Jupiter on the left, the Moon on the right and Antares below. For the Washington, DC area, they will appear in the southeast as evening twilight ends at PM EDT, the Moon will reach its highest in the sky just after midnight at AM, and Antares will be setting in the southwest just as morning twilight begins Sunday morning at AM.
On Sunday evening into Monday morning, June 16 to 17, , the bright planet Jupiter will appear to the right of the nearly full Moon.
They will appear in the southeast as evening twilight ends at PM EDT for the Washington, DC area , the Moon will reach its highest in the sky early Monday morning at PM , and they will appear in the southwest as morning twilight begins at AM. On Tuesday evening, June 18, , the planets Mercury and Mars will appear less than a third or a degree apart low in the west-northwest.
To see them, you will need a clear view of the horizon and to look as evening twilight ends. For the Washington, DC area, as evening twilight ends at PM EDT, Mercury the brighter of the two will appear about 5 degrees above the horizon, with Mars appearing less than a third of a degree below Mercury.
The two bright stars to the upper right of Mercury and Mars will be Pollux and Castor, the "twins" in the constellation Gemini. On Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, June 19 to 20, , the bright planet Saturn will appear near the full Moon.
As the pair rises, Saturn will appear to shift towards the right. By the time the Moon reaches its highest in the sky Thursday morning at AM, Saturn will appear to the upper right. They will still appear near each other as morning twilight begins at around AM. Friday, June 21, , at AM EDT, will be the summer solstice, the astronomical end of spring and start of summer.
This will be the day with the longest period of sunlight 14 hours, 53 minutes, and On Sunday evening, June 23, , at around 7 PM EDT, the planet Mercury will be at its greatest angular separation from the Sun in the evening sky as seen from the Earth, called greatest eastern elongation, appearing half full when viewed by telescope. On Sunday morning, June 30, , if you have a clear view of the east-northeast horizon, you might be able to see the bright star Aldebaran appearing about 3 degrees to the lower left of the thin, waning, crescent Moon. On Monday morning, July 1, , if you have a clear view of the east-northeast horizon, you might be able to see Venus and the thin, waning crescent Moon.
The sky may be bright enough that you may need binoculars to see them and be sure to STOP looking with binoculars well before sunrise, as concentrating sunlight into your eyes with lenses is a really bad idea.
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This will be a total eclipse of the Sun, visible from the southeastern Pacific ocean and from a small part of Chile and Argentina right around sunset. A partial eclipse of the Sun should be visible from parts of South and Central America.
Everyone on Earth who can see the Moon can see a Lunar Eclipse when it occurs because the Moon is physically in the shadow of the Earth and not receiving any light. A Solar Eclipse on the other hand can only occur during New Moon and this happens on occasion when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun on its orbit.
The Moon is small, and so the shadow from the Moon cannot cover the entire Earth and instead creates a shadow that races across the globe at supersonic speeds as the Moon passes by. Astronomers can calculate the exact times of the New and Full Moon to great accuracy, and you can find these times in most almanacs.
The orbit of the Moon as well as our path around the Sun are quite well understood.
It takes the moon about Why the difference? Both New and Full Moon are very specific instances of time when the Moon is at a specific location in its orbit around the Earth.
Astronomers use a standard called Universal Coordinated Time, which is the time at Greenwich England. Everyone else on earth is in a time zone that is some offset from this coordinated time. On the East Coast of the United States for example, the time zone is 5 hours earlier or 4 hours during Daylight Savings Time than it is in Greenwich while people living in California are another 3 hours displaced for their local time.
Have you ever seen a television show advertised to come on at 8pm Eastern, but 7pm Central? Time zones at work, the broadcast is at the same time for everyone, but their local time zones, or offsets from Greenwich are different. This is why New Moon might be at 1am for someone on the East coast, but at 10pm the previous day for someone on the West coast.