Partial solar eclipse of April 30, 2022

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April 30 brings us a partial solar eclipse, visible from southern South America, parts of Antarctica, and the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This eclipse will be followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse on May 16.

The instant of the greatest eclipse will take place at 20:41 UTC – 4.7 days before the Moon reaches its apogee with the Sun in the constellation of Aries.1

The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 1229.

Solar Eclipse Global Animation by Fred Espenak and Michael Zeiler

The eclipse belongs to Saros 119 and is number 66 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s ascending node.

The Moon moves southward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma decreases.

This will be a very deep partial eclipse, with an eclipse magnitude of 0.6396 and a Gamma value of -1.1901.

partial solar eclipse of april 30 2022 orthographic map
Image credit: Fred Espenak/EclipseWise

This eclipse will be followed by a total lunar eclipse on May 16 – visible from the Americas, Europe, and Africa. The instant of the greatest eclipse will take place at 04:11 UTC with the Moon in the constellation of Libra.

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1 Partial Solar Eclipse of 2022 Apr 30 – Fred Espenak/EclipseWise

Featured image credit: Fred Espenak/EclipseWise, Google

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