First Solar Eclipse of 2022 Coincides With the Black Moon

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First Solar Eclipse of 2022 Coincides With the Black Moon

| Updated: April 30, 2022 15:45

The first solar eclipse of 2022 will be visible on Saturday, 30th April. The day is of scientific importance because the celestial event overlaps the second new moon, the black moon. According to NASA, people observe the eclipse in regions of South America, Chile, and Argentina. The eclipse will also be visible in Uruguay, western Paraguay, southwestern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, and a relatively small part of Brazil. 

Antarctica, the Pacific, and the Atlantic Ocean can also witness the solar eclipse. The partial solar eclipse will be visible at 12:15 AM. According to NASA, the next eclipse will block about 65% of the Sun at its peak. However, the eclipse will be visible to the specific regions at 2:11 AM and ends around 4:07 AM. 

Solar Eclipse And Black Moon

A Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon comes in between the Sun and the Earth. On the other hand, a partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon does not fully cover the Sun and leaves the outer circular portion. 

Unlike Blood Moon and Blue Moon, there is no clear definition of the origin of the name Black Moon. The Old Farmers Almanac suggests that each new moon is a black moon because only the moon’s dark side is visible from Earth. Black moons are rare because they usually occur every 32 months. 

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