On December 26, a three-hour solar eclipse will be visible in the skies over the Philippines. It’s one of the rare eclipses that will be visible in the country this year. But in 2020, astronomy lovers will get the chance to catch six eclipses that will kick off the decade, four of which will be visible from the Philippines.
Here are all the lunar and solar eclipses that will occur in 2020.
January 10 to 11 - A penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible to most of the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and parts of North and South America.
June 5 to 6 – Another penumbral lunar eclipse will occur just a few months after the last one, and it’ll be visible once more to most of the world, namely Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and parts of South America.
June 21 – An annular solar eclipse will display the dark side of the moon to Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific, Indian Ocean, and parts of Australia.
July 4 to 5 – The third penumbral lunar eclipse of the year will shine on Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica. It won’t be visible from Asia.
November 29 to 30 – The last penumbral solar eclipse of the year will be visible Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic.
December 14 – A total eclipse of the sun will be visible to South America, Africa, Antarctica, Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean. This one won’t be visible to Asia.
Lunar eclipses occur when the sun, Earth, and moon align in that order, with the Earth blocking the sun’s light, causing a shadow to form on the moon. Meanwhile, solar eclipses occur when the sun, moon, and Earth align in that order, engulfing parts of the Earth in the moon’s shadow.
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