The first set of spring eclipses in 2021 will occur on May 26 and June 10, while the fall eclipses will occur on November 19 and December 4, respectively. These eclipses, which are controlled by Gemini and Sagittarius, will cause massive adjustments in how we think and communicate with our surroundings, as well as how we relate to the rest of the world. The changes brought about by these eclipses will be evident everywhere you look.
May is known for its full moons, which are important events on the lunar calendar marking the beginning of a new moon period. In 2021, there will be two such full moons: one on May 25 and another on June 8. These moons are significant because they're related to communication and travel between people and nations. Additionally, they mark the start of summer in the United States.
The eclipse on May 26 will begin at mid-day and last for nearly six hours, ending at around 6 p.m. This eclipse is called a "supermoon" because the Earth's shadow falls directly over the moon, causing it to appear up to 14% larger than other times. The supermoon will be visible from most places on Earth except for those areas that will be experiencing twilight due to sunlight shining through clouds or darkness due to nightfall. Cities across North America will have the opportunity to see this rare celestial event with fully illuminated nightsides under clear skies!
The eclipse on June 10 will begin at midday and last for almost six hours, ending at around 6 p.m.
There will be two lunar eclipses, two solar eclipses, and no Mercury transits in 2021. Three of the eclipses are expected to be viewable from regions of North America. There will be two lunar eclipses, two solar eclipses, and no Mercury transits in 2022. One of the lunar eclipses will be visible from all of North America.
Lunar eclipses are visible on half of Earth. If you're looking towards the moon through a clear night sky, you should be able to see a reddish-brown coloration of the lunar surface. The event is most prominent when the Moon is full, but it can also be seen when it's partly covered by Earth's shadow.
Solar eclipses are visible on all of Earth. When a total solar eclipse passes over a region, it causes the sun's atmosphere, or corona, to darken dramatically. Only around the edge of the Moon and toward its far side is the corona invisible. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth's atmosphere refracts light from the Sun that reaches it from beyond the Moon, causing the moon to take on a red color.
Mercury transits are visible in some regions from underground shelters only. A transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth appears as a small black spot to the right of the Sun during a total solar eclipse.
A total solar eclipse will be visible from a limited slice of the South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, and the southern Atlantic Ocean, while a partial eclipse will be seen from a larger range in the Pacific, southern South America, and Antarctica. The path of totality passes through seven countries: Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Southern Africa (including Mozambique and Tanzania), and Madagascar.
The moon is covered by Earth's shadow when it enters or exits its lunar eclipse. As sunlight reaches the moon it is blocked from reaching the earth. The only place where you can see the full moon during a lunar eclipse is between the stars on the other side of the planet called Mercury, Venus, and the Moon herself.
During a total lunar eclipse, the entire moon is obscured by Earth's shadow. Only the far side of the moon is illuminated by the sun. From here on out, it's completely dark where we are standing. A thin crescent of sunlight still reaches the surface, but that's all there is to see. No moonset, no sunrise; just a total lunar eclipse.
In order to see this eclipse you have to be somewhere where it's dark - so ideally an area with no street lights, something which might make these eclipses frustrating for those not living out in rural areas.
On September 22, 2020, at 13:31 UTC, the equinox will occur. That is when the sun will be directly above the equator of the Earth, travelling from north to south. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun rises later and sets earlier. In other words, day turns into night and night into day, without any midday. The entire planet will experience daytime for an equal amount of time.
The word "equinox" comes from the Latin meaning "equal nights". This term describes the fact that the length of the day and night are equal all over the world at this time of year. As you can imagine, this is a very important moment in time for people living in the northern hemisphere, as it marks the start of autumn and winter. Cultures around the world have been marking this event for many years by taking advantage of its significance for farming. At the equinox, the days are exactly as long as the nights, so farmers could plant seeds such as wheat and barley at this time of year in order to gain access to the harvest in the next growing season.
In addition to this practical application, scientists consider the equinox to be one of the most important times of the year for studying our planet's climate change patterns.
The March equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 5:37 a.m. EDT. This day marks the beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere. The March equinox marks the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere, whereas the September equinox marks the beginning of spring. The Earth's axis is tilted with respect to its orbit around the Sun, so during different parts of its orbit it is closer to or further away from the Sun. The point when the Earth is closest to the Sun is called the perihelion, and this occurred on March 4, 2021.
Equinoxes are significant points in the annual cycle of nature when the effects of sunlight no longer being reflected back into space have a direct impact on the Earth. At these times, the north-south axis of the planet is aligned with the center of the Sun, while the east-west axis is perpendicular to it. For example, at the March equinox, the northern hemisphere is illuminated by sunbeams coming from the south (at least for a few hours before dawn and after dusk).
But not all regions experience both the spring and autumn equinox at the same time. In fact, since places like the Arctic and Antarctic circles experience winter all year round, they don't experience an autumn equinox at all. Instead, their seasons last from the summer solstice in June to the winter solstice in December.