Eclipses are perhaps the most spectacular celestial events of all.
During an hours-long lunar eclipse the full Moon can turn a reddish-copper color for a few hours, while solar eclipses—which can last for just a few minutes—often leave onlookers scarred for life … in a good way!
In fact, if you’ve ever witnessed the brief totality of a total solar eclipse—when the world around you turns into twilight and you see the Sun’s bright white corona for a few seconds—you’ll know why there are thousands of dedicated eclipse-chasers who try to see as many as they can.
Trouble is, solar and lunar eclipses don’t come around very often.
However, there are now a few coming up fast.
In 2020 there are six eclipses; four lunar eclipses and two solar eclipses. We’re almost through with them, having already had lunar eclipses on:
There was also a solar eclipse—a rare kind called an annular or “ring of fire” eclipse:
So what’s left in 2020? One lunar eclipse—and the best one of the year for North Americans—and a rare total solar eclipse, the best eclipse of 2020, which will be seen only from South America.
Sadly, COVID-19 is playing havoc with that one.
Here’s everything you need to know about the next solar and lunar eclipses coming up soon, and the next eclipses of all kinds visible from North America.
When is the next lunar eclipse?
Date: Monday, November 30, 2020