It’s happening on the other side of the world from us. However, we can still watch this partial solar eclipse, no matter where we are. Read on to find out what’s happening and how we can watch.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 25 (for North America), the Sun, Moon and Earth will line up almost perfectly, to produce an eclipse of the Sun.
“Almost” is because the alignment will be off just enough that, as the Moon crosses the face of the Sun, it only covers about 86 percent of the Sun. So instead of a total or annular eclipse, this will be a partial solar eclipse.
This map shows the regions of the world from which the partial solar eclipse will be visible on October 25, and the inset image shows what the eclipse will look like at its maximum (including the view from Venus). Credit: NASA/Stellarium/Scott Sutherland
Tuesday morning’s eclipse can be seen from most of Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East and western Asia. The line of maximum eclipse starts between Greenland and Iceland in the North Atlantic, crosses the Barents Sea and descends through central Asia to India. Central Russia will see the greatest eclipse, just as the sun is setting for them.
For those of us in North America, we won’t be able to see the event in person. Well, not unless you live along the east coast of Greenland. However, thanks to various live streams of the eclipse, we will be able to watch it online.
The Royal Greenwich Observatory, located in London, UK, will begin broadcasting the eclipse at 5:05 a.m. EDT and end at 6:51 a.m. EDT. The moon should cover about 25-30 percent of the Sun from their location at eclipse maximum, around 5:59 a.m. EDT.
Timeanddate.com will host a live stream beginning at 4:58 a.m. EDT, with maximum eclipse expected at 7:00 a.m. EDT, ending at 9:02 a.m. EDT. Their live stream is embedded above.
During their reporting, they plan to present views from several different locations across Europe. This includes Naples, Sicily, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and Norway. It will also have views from Karachi, Pakistan. This should provide different perspectives of the eclipse, with the Moon covering anywhere from about 20 percent to a maximum of 75 percent of the Sun.
Review for 2023 and 2024
While we’ll have to rely on the internet to see this particular solar eclipse, there are two more coming up in the next two years that hold much more promise for Canadians.
First, on October 14, 2023, a ‘ring of fire’ annular solar eclipse will pass over the southwestern United States. It will only appear as a partial eclipse for anyone watching from Canada. However, it is a relatively short trip to the line of maximum eclipse.
Watch below: The ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse is coming, so make your plans now
After that, a total solar eclipse will pass directly over the eastern half of Canada on April 8, 2024.
Although the path of the total eclipse will miss the city of Toronto by only a few kilometers, millions of Canadians are still within walking distance to view the spectacular event for themselves.
(Thumbnail uploaded to our UGC gallery by Trevor Gertridge, who captured the view of the June 10, 2021 partial solar eclipse from Moncton, NB.)