2022’s first solar eclipse will soon be upon us, and if you want to watch the dazzling ‘Black Moon’ eclipse for yourself, doing so is much easier than you think. Lots of space events throughout the year are fun to look forward to. Monthly Full Moons show off our lunar neighbor in impeccable detail, solar storms often bring the northern lights to areas they aren’t usually visible, and frequent meteor showers provide a dazzling sight unlike any other.
Another exciting event is the solar eclipse. Solar eclipses occur when the Moon blocks part (or all) of the Sun’s sunlight and casts a massive shadow over the Earth. Partial eclipses happen about two or five times every year, while total eclipses only happen every 18 months. No matter what kind of eclipse it is, solar eclipses are usually dramatic, eerie, and something you don’t want to miss.
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Following the last solar eclipse on December 4, 2021, the first solar eclipse of 2022 is almost here. According to NASA’s official eclipse tracker, 2022’s inaugural solar eclipse will happen on Saturday, April 30 at 2:45 PM EDT / 11:45 AM PDT. While that’s when the solar eclipse will begin, the eclipse won’t reach its maximum coverage until 4:41 PM EDT / 1:41 PM PDT. Unfortunately, seeing the eclipse may prove tricky. For this particular solar eclipse on April 30, it’ll only be visible in southwest South America (and a sliver of Antarctica).
How To Watch The April 30 Solar Eclipse Online
Thankfully, you don’t have to live in South America or Antarctica to see the eclipse. While you may not be able to witness it with your own eyes, you can watch a live stream of the eclipse from anywhere in the world. Starting at 1:45 PM EDT / 10:45 AM PDT, YouTube channel Gyaan ki gareebi will begin a live stream of the entire solar eclipse as it happens. Gyaan ki gareebi frequently uploads live streams of Full Moons, rocket launches, and other space activities. There may be other live streams available as the solar eclipse gets closer, but this looks like the best one out there.
As for what you can expect from the April 30 eclipse, this will be a partial solar eclipse — not a total one. Around 64 percent of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon during the eclipse’s maximum. That means sunlight won’t be completely blocked from view, but it should still be an impressive sight nonetheless. Furthermore, the April 30 solar eclipse is happening during the second new moon of April — more commonly known as the Black Moon. The next solar eclipse after this isn’t happening until October 25, so if you’ve been itching for some eclipse action, be sure to tune in and check it out.