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Of Solar and Lunar Eclipses 2018

If you wish to travel to see the Total Solar Eclipse and Annular Solar Eclipse check out this impressive website: http://www.mreclipse.com for details on lunar and solar eclipses.

During 2018 there are two Total Lunar Eclipses and three Partial Solar Eclipses. Unfortunately for the UK/Ireland only two are partially viewable. The July 27th Total Lunar Eclipse is viewable and it rises during Totality. The northernmost regions of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland do get to catch a slim partial eclipse of the Sun on August 11th.

Lunar Eclipse July 27th


The Full Moon rises whilst being totally eclipsed for most parts of the UK and Ireland on the evening of July 27th so look towards the SE horizon for it as it rises above the horizon. It will appear quite dark and any low haze will also make it fainter/darker than normal let alone it being eclipsed.  On our diagram at left we don’t see stages 1,2 and part way 3 so the Moon rises around mid totality for most parts except the north. Mid eclipse (4) occurs at 9:21 pm, end of totality (5) is at 10:13 pm with the Moon completely out of the umbral shadow (6) at 11:19pm. Finally the end of penumbral phase is at 12:30am on the 28th.

The Moon may look decidedly reddish in colour during totality, similar to the image the author took of the Totally Eclipsed Moon on September 28th 2015. Although eyes may be on the Eclipsed Moon, do remember that earlier on the morning of the 27th Mars is at opposition and so will be rising not long after the Moon so two reddish objects for the price of one!

Partial Solar Eclipse August 11th


For the UK/Ireland you need to travel to the very top of Scotland and ideally to the Shetland Isles to get the most ‘bite’ out of the Sun. The rest of the UK/Ireland don’t see an eclipse and as this is such a slight partial then it may not be worth making a special trip, unlike a full Total Solar Eclipse. The map shows the zone of the eclipse and the inset is set for Lerwick in the Shetlands at ~ 9:54 am at maximum partial. Bear in mind you will need safe ISO/CE certified Solar Eclipse glasses and official solar eclipse screen for any optical equipment. Just remember you should not look at the Sun with the unprotected eye.