Eclipse - All you ever wanted to know about eclipses and other celstial bodies

All you ever wanted to know about Eclipses and other celestial bodies.

Information on solar eclipses and lunar eclipses


Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse Predictions 2015

Four eclipses during 2014: Two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses.















Visible from most of the continent of North America, including a tiny corner of south-east Alaska, Central America, and the continent of western South America.


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Region of annular eclipse extremely limited, only observable from a small area of Antarctica.  

Partial Eclipse visible from some regions of: Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Australia.


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1st eclipse of 2014 is a Total Lunar Eclipse, 15 April 2014

2nd eclipse of 2014 is an annular solar eclipse, 29 April 2014





Entire Duration visible from most of; continent of west North America, including Alaska, extreme north east Russian Federation, extreme eastern Australia; and New Zealand.


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3rd eclipse of 2014;  Total Lunar Eclipse 08 October 2014




The fourth and final eclipse of 2014 occurs 23 October 2014. It’s a Partial Solar Eclipse visible from east Russia, Canada, the United States of America and Mexico.


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4th and final eclipse of 2014 - partial solar eclipse, 23 October 2014

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Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) - Mars fly-by 19 October 2014


Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) is the first comet from the Oort Cloud to be studied up close by spacecraft, thereby giving scientists a golden opportunity to learn more about the materials, including water and carbon compounds, that existed during the formation of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago.



        Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) - Mars fly-by 19 October 2014


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A Total Solar Eclipse


An eclipse of the Sun, or a solar eclipse, is when the Moon is between the Sun and Earth and only occurs when the Moon is at just the right distance and angle in the sky to cover the Sun, this can only occur when the Sun, Moon and Earth aligned

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The two solar eclipses consist of an annular solar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse;

annular solar eclipse, 29 April 2014 - partial solar eclipse, 23 October 2014.

Both lunar eclipses are total

15 April 2014 and 08 October 2014.

Partial Solar Eclipse October 2014 read details Total Lunar Eclipse October 2014 read details Total Lunar Eclipse April 2014 read details Annular Solar Eclipse April 2014 read details Read more about Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1)


Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/C-G Rosetta and Philae Latest updates Comet Siding Spring Fly-By Planet Mars Comet ISON Comet ISON videos

Lunar and Solar Eclipses 2014 in order of sequence

1st eclipse:   15 April - Total Lunar Eclipse

2nd eclipse:  29 April - Annular Solar Eclipse

3rd eclipse:  08 October - Total Lunar Eclipse

4th eclipse:  23 October - Partial Solar Eclipse

Geminids Meteor Shower 2014 December Solstice 2014 Ursids Meteor Shower 2014


January 'Quadrantids Meteor Shower 2015' January 2015 Calendar of astronomical Events

There are Four eclipses during 2015

Two solar eclipses and Two lunar eclipses

A brief summary of 2015 Eclipses:  


















(1st) First eclipse 2015: A Total Solar Eclipse,

20 March 2015. Totality visible from only a few northern based islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, notable Svalbard and the Faroe Islands.

(2nd) Second eclipse 2015: A Total Lunar Eclipse, 04 April 2015, visible from Eastern Australia and west Alaska; at Moonrise from parts of eastern Asia, and at Moonset from parts of the America’s.

(3rd) Third eclipse 2015: A partial solar eclipse, 28 September 2015, visible form Antarctica and southern Africa.

(4th) Fourth eclipse 2015: A Total Lunar Eclipse, 28 September 2015, visible from middle west Africa, western Europe, south Greenland, South America, Central America, parts of Mexico, western USA and western Canada. Visible at Moonset eastern Europe, eastern Africa, and parts of eastern Asia. Visible at Moonrise parts of Mexico, western USA and western Canada.


2015, Dates of Solstices, Equinoxes, Earth’s Perihelion, Earth’s Aphelion.

in brief:  


More details and a Diagram of Earth Solstices, Equinoxes, Aphelion and Perihelion 2015

Earth’s Aphelion: 06 July 19:40 GMT/UT

Equinox: 23 September 08:21GMT/UT


Solstice:21 December, 04:48 GMT/UT

Earth Perihelion: 04 January 06::36 GMT/UT

Equinox: 20 March 22:45 GMT/UT


Solstice: 21 June 16:38 GMT/UT



There are two primary types of eclipse which can be viewed from Earth;

a Lunar Eclipse and a Solar Eclipse.


Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses both have their own types of eclipse.



Types of Solar Eclipse

Eclipses of the Sun / Solar Eclipses:


There are four main types of solar eclipse;

A Solar eclipse can be Total, Annular, Partial or Hybrid.

Types of Lunar Eclipse

Eclipses of the Moon / Lunar Eclipses:


There are three basic types of lunar eclipse;

Total, Partial and Penumbral.


There is also a rare forth variation known as a Total Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

A Total Lunar Eclipse


An eclipse of the Moon, or lunar eclipse, is when the Earth is between the Sun and Moon and only occurs if the Moon passes through all or some portion of Earth's umbra shadow therefore blocking sunlight directly striking the Moon’s surface. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or almost exactly.

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