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How to watch the 2022 partial solar eclipse next week – NBC Chicago


A partial solar eclipse is expected to end April, and while the view won’t be visible from Illinois, there are still ways to see it.

According to NASA, the April 30 evening partial solar eclipse can be spotted in clear skies in Chile, Argentina, most of Uruguay, western Paraguay, southwestern Bolivia, southeastern Peru and a small area in southwestern Brazil.

Along parts of the northwest coast of Antarctica, in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeast coast of South America, including the Falkland Islands, and across much of the South Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean, the eclipse will also be visible.

“A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth, totally or partially blocking the light of the Sun in certain regions. During a partial eclipse, the Moon and the Sun do not are not perfectly aligned, so the Moon does not completely cover the Sun. This gives the Sun a crescent shape, or looks like a “bite” has been taken out of the Sun, depending on how much of the Sun is covered by the Moon,” NASA said on its website.

Timeanddate.com will be streaming a free partial eclipse livestream next weekend here.

Hoping to see an eclipse in Illinois?

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will occur. It will be the last visible from the United States until 2045.

More than 31 million people in 13 states — including Illinois — live in “the path of totality” for the event — meaning those locations will see 100% totality.

According to the nationalclipse.com site, in Illinois, the state of totality will begin on April 8, 2024 at 1:58 p.m. and end at 2:06 p.m.

This image from nationaleclipse.com depicts the path of the total solar eclipse in Illinois.

In southern Illinois near Carbondale, the eclipse will be on its way to totality, which means a total solar eclipse will be visible. The eclipse path map on timeanddate.com shows that in Chicago the solar eclipse will only be partially visible in Chicago at 93.9%.

Check to see what visibility will be in your city, here.

According to the Adler Planetarium, a solar eclipse can only occur at the new moon phase, when the arrangement in space is a line between the Sun, Moon, and Earth.

The moon, directly between the sun and Earth, casts a shadow over the planet, darkening the daytime sky. Those in the dark part of the moon’s shadow, the umbra, will experience a total eclipse, while those in the light part, the penumbra, will experience a partial eclipse.

The period of totality refers to the time during a total eclipse when the moon completely obscures the sun. The totality period is usually brief and lasts only a few minutes. Astronomy.com reports that the maximum period of totality for the April 8, 2024 solar eclipse is four minutes and 28 seconds.

The longest period of totality for the 2017 solar eclipse was a bit shorter, around two minutes and 40 seconds, according to NASA.

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