Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

First partial solar eclipse of the year today

First partial solar eclipse of the year today

Richmondites and others in the Lower Mainland will be treated to a view of a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Jan. 20.

In terms of celestial events, 2019 is already shaping up to be a year full of dazzling sky shows - from meteor showers to a super rare planet transit and multiple eclipses, yes, multiple. The reason this doesn't happen every month (the moon is, after all, orbiting continuously around the sun) is that the moon's orbit is generally at a slight angle relative to the Earth's orbit around the sun.

"As the alignment between the Sun and the Moon was not very exact, the Moon did not cover the Sun completely resulting in a partial eclipse", said Dr Subhendu Pattnaik, Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium.

During the total eclipse the moon will turn copper orange as the earth blocks light from the sun, leading to the term blood moon.

The next lunar eclipse will be May 16, 2022. The Earth will come between the Sun and the Moon in just the right way so that the Earth's shadow is cast entirely across its moon.

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Greatest eclipse: 12:12 a.m. (January 21). By 3:40pm EST, the partial eclipse will be over as well, and the moon's shadow will have passed across the continent and back over to the Atlantic Ocean.

Partial umbral eclipse begins: 8:34 p.m. (January 20) The moon begins to enter the shadow. It will occur over the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina. India timings are from around 5 AM to 9:18 AM on January 6. The astronomical event ended between 11 a.m. and noon. From 12:55 to 5:50 p.m. ET.

Known as "The Backyard Astronomer", Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

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