There are four eclipses in 2017. Two are lunar and two are solar.
Penumbral lunar eclipse February 10-11
The moon will pass through the outer part of Earth’s shadow from 22:34 UT on February 10 to 02:53 UT on February 11. The moment of greatest eclipse is at 00:44 on the 11th.
Greenland, the northeast part of North America, Europe, western Asia, eastern South America, Africa, and most of the Atlantic Ocean are in the visibility area for the entire eclipse.
For most of North America, part of South America, and the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean, the eclipse will happen during moonrise. It’s a moonset event for most of Asia and the Indian Ocean.
Of the eclipses that involve the moon, penumbral eclipses are the least noticeable. The moon dims slightly until the middle of the event and then returns to normal brightness. It may appear slightly pink or orange. If the event is happening during moonrise or moonset where you are, you may think it looks more orange than usual. If you could be on the moon at this time, you would see a partial eclipse of the sun.
Annular solar eclipse February 26
The moon will pass between the sun and earth. Along a path that goes from the South Pacific Ocean, across the southern tip of South America, across the South Atlantic Ocean, and to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a ring that is the solar disk will appear to surround the lunar disk at the moment of greatest eclipse. It isn’t a total eclipse because the moon is slightly farther away than it needs to be to cover all of the sun’s disk. Partial phases are visible in a much greater area covering parts of the South Pacific, South America, the South Atlantic, Africa, and Antarctica.
The time that the partial phases and annularity begin and end vary from place to place as the moon’s shadow moves eastward across the visibility area. From a spot about 1,300 miles southwest of Galapagos Island, the entire eclipse is over at 13:13 UT. However, in some parts of Bolivia, the eclipse is beginning. And off the coast of Angola, the eclipse will not start for another two hours.
Use our clickable visibility map at http://www.SkyCaramba.com/eclipsemaps to find out the local circumstances for particular locations. You can also enter the latitude and longitude of a location in a form to find out the same information.
Part of the moon will pass completely through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow. The penumbral phase starts at 15:50 UT. All of the moon is getting at least partial illumination until the umbral or partial phase starts at 17:23. That’s when the darkest part of the earth’s shadow starts crossing the lunar disk. Greatest eclipse is at 18:20. Only about 25% of the moon will be in the dark brown or black central shadow. Partial phase ends at 19:18. And the penumbral phase ends at 20:51.
This eclipse is visible in its entirety from the Indian Ocean, most of Asia, a wide swath of land along the east coast of Africa, most of Australia, and almost all of Antarctica. It’s a moonrise eclipse for Europe, most of Africa, some parts of the Atlantic Ocean, and the eastern tip of Brazil. It’s a moonset event for northeast Asia, far east Australia, and the western Pacific.
The moon will pass between the earth and sun. Partial phases are visible from all of North America, parts of the North Pacific Ocean as far west as Hawaii, the northern part of South America, the North Atlantic Ocean, and far western parts of Europe. A total eclipse is visible along a path from a spot in the North Pacific, from coast to coast across the continental United States, and across most of the Atlantic Ocean to a place southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.
Visibility for this eclipse is also mapped at http://www.SkyCaramba.com/eclipsemaps where you can click on a location to find out the local circumstances or enter a place’s latitude and longitude in a form.