The first solar eclipse of this year will take place on April 30.

The April 30 solar eclipse is the first of two that will occur in 2022. (Credit: NASA/Noah Moran)

Astronomers will appreciate two spectacular celestial events on April 30, 2022 — the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus and the first solar eclipse of this year. the ancient will be seen around the world. But the opportunity observe the moon “bite” a section of the Sun in person, will not be available to a lucky few in parts of South America, Antarctica and parts of the Southern Ocean. The rest of us will have to look natural phenomenon in line.

The solar eclipse is fixed at occur just before or during sunset local hour. “As it sets in the west on the evening of April 30, the Sun will appear partially eclipsed for those with clear skies in Chile, Argentina, most of Uruguay, western Paraguay , southwestern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, and a small area of ​​southwestern Brazil,” NASA said in a statement. statement released on April 21, 2022.

During a solar eclipse, the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun. (Credit: www.exploratorium.edu)

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, foundry a shadow on the Earth and blocking some or all of the sunlight in certain areas. For a total solar eclipse to occur, the three celestial bodies must be in a straight line. As this will not be the case on Saturday, the Moon will only be able to block up to 64 percent from the Sun disk. The exact amount will depend on the viewing location.

If you are one of lucky those on the eclipse path, experts recommend look for an unobstructed viewing area – either on a beach or a top a large building. Most importantly, use sunglasses or eclipse glasses to avoid damage. If eye protection is not available, a simple homemade pinhole camera – which projects the sun disk onto paper or another surface — can also be used.

The partial solar eclipse of 2023 and the total solar eclipse of 2024 will be visible from parts of North America. (American Astronomical Society)

There will be no total solar eclipse in 2022. However, residents of Europe, parts of Africa and the Middle East will be able to observe a partiel solar eclipse on October 25, 2022. Those living in North America have two solar eclipse events to look forward to in 2023 and 2024.

On October 14, 2023, residents living on a roughly 125-mile-wide path from Oregon to Texas and Mexico will be treated to a spectacular sight annular eclipse It’s okay transform the disc of the Sun into a thin “ring of fire”. If that’s not exciting enough, on April 8, 2024, the Moon will cover the entire disc of the Sun for a few minutes. the spectacular the total solar eclipse will be visible across Mexico, the central United States and eastern Canada.

Resources: Earthsky.org, eclipseaas.org, solarsystem.NASA.org