Last week’s Blood Moon marked the first major astronomical event in the UK this year and has wetted many people’s appetite for astronomical appearances.
Following the Super Blue blood Moon in January, last week’s event was the first time this year people in the UK were able to see an eclipse.
The whole spectacle lasted for a total of one hour and 43 minutes while the Moon was cast in a deep red shadow by the Earth, the longest in over a century.
Eclipse fans will be happy to find there is another one scheduled for this month and the solar eclipse plans to be an entirely different experience.
When is the August solar eclipse?
Skywatchers in select places around the world will be able to see the eclipse this year but it won’t be what many are expecting.
The next celestial event will be a partial eclipse, rather than the much more dramatic solar eclipse.
This week on August 11, a partial eclipse will see the moon cover only a small portion of the Sun, rather than the whole thing.
Those who want to take a look at the whole thing in person may need to travel quite far out however.
This year’s partial eclipse is limited to areas in northern and eastern Europe, with north and western locations in Asia and America included.
Sadly, revellers in the UK are not going to be able to see the eclipse by looking up, and may have to resort to a live stream.
People in North America will be able to see it naturally however, but only if they are in the far reaches of the country.
The closest points to view the eclipse will all be in Canada, in Resolute Bay, Eureka, and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.
How to watch the eclipse in the UK and USA
People around the location of the eclipse will be able to view the whole thing with their eyes, but with adequate protection like a pinhole camera.
If you have a pair of eclipse glasses, you can look directly at the Sun while it hides behind the Moon.
Those not on location can see the eclipse take place online, website Timanddate.com will be broadcasting the entire event live and for free.
The eclipse will reach maximum eclipse by 9.46am UTC (10.46am BST) on August 11, and end at 11.30am UTC (12.30pm BST).
When is the next total solar eclipse?
Space fanatics living in the states might be out of luck, as the next total eclipse won’t be for quite a while.
There are no total eclipses of the Sun due for a five-year period.
April 8, 2024, will be the next time people will be able to see a total eclipse in the USA.
The eclipse will progress from the south in Mexico, tracking over the USA towards the east coast around New York.