All The Eclipses Coming To Australia: 2018-2022

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Last night the world was treated to a total lunar eclipse that also coincided with a so-called super moon. The entirety of the eclipse - all five hours and 17 minutes - was visible from practically everywhere in Australia. Or at least it would have been if clouds hadn't spoiled the show.

Sadly, our next total solar eclipse isn’t until 2028. However, that doesn’t mean we there are no eclipses to get excited about for the next 11 years. In fact, we’ve got more eclipses coming than you can poke a stick at.

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Although our next solar eclipse isn’t until July 22, 2028 (and it won’t be visible from everywhere in Australia), it’s not that long until the next lunar eclipse is visible from Australia. But firstly, what's the difference?

Solar vs Lunar eclipses

During a solar eclipse, the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun. Depending on where you are in the world, you will either see the disk of the sun completely obstructed by the moon (a total eclipse), or a portion of the sun will be covered by the moon (partial eclipse). There are also cases where the entire shadow of the moon passes in front of the sun, but does not wholly cover it (an annular eclipse).

During a lunar eclipse the moon passes behind the Earth into its shadow which is separated into two distinct areas. The ‘umbra’, which is the area of the shadow where no direct solar radiation can reach and the ‘penumbra’ which is sort of like an ‘outer shadow’ where solar radiation is only partially blocked. Thus, there are three types of lunar eclipse:

  • Total – the entirety of the moon passes through the centre of the Earth’s umbra.
  • Partial – the moon enters Earth’s penumbra, but only partially enters Earth’s umbra.
  • Penumbral – the moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra only.
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Australian Eclipses In 2018

If you were one of millions of Aussies who missed out on the Super Blood Blue Moon due to poor weather, we have a small consolation for you: a much less exciting partial solar eclipse will be visible for a short amount of time to Tasmanians and the southernmost Victorians on July 13, 2018.

All Australians are privy to another total lunar eclipse on July 27-28, 2018, but those of us on the east coast won't get to experience the entirety of the eclipse. This time, if you're on the west coast, you'll see more of the eclipse for much longer than anyone else.

Australian Eclipses In 2019

There are no total eclipses in 2019, but Australians will see a partial lunar eclipse on July 16-17. A handful of Australians in the north west will be able to catch the annular solar eclipse on Boxing Day, December 26.

Australian Eclipses In 2020

2020 is the year of the penumbral eclipse! During 2020, Australians will be able to see three penumbral eclipses on January 10-11, June 5-6 and November 29 and 30. There is also an annular solar eclipse but it will be hardly visible from Australia.

Australian Eclipses In 2021

The west coast again miss out on seeing the full duration of the total lunar eclipse, which will occur on May 26. Later in the year, on November 18-19, a partial lunar eclipse will occur, though so much of the moon will be covered during this instance that it will practically be a second total lunar eclipse.

Australian Eclipses In 2022

The west coast of Australia gets the raw deal again, when another total lunar eclipse hits on November 8. Everywhere else in Australia will see the full length of the total phase, when the moon is directly behind the Earth's umbra.

And here's a handy table that shows you all the eclipses that will be visible in Australia for the next five years!

Date Year Type Of Eclipse
January 31 2018 Total Lunar
July 13 2018 Partial Solar
July 27/28 2018 Total Lunar
July 16/17 2019 Partial Lunar
December 26 2019 Annular Solar
January 10/11 2020 Penumbral Lunar
June 5/6 2020 Penumbral Lunar
November 29/30 2020 Penumbral Lunar
May 26 2021 Total Lunar
November 18/19 2021 2021 Partial Lunar
November 8 2022 2022 Total Lunar

[Time And Date]


    So in other words, every day that it is garenteed to be overcast/raining for me. Im being serious here, i have never witnessed an eclipse because everytime there has been one, its been fucking overcast or raining

      Where in Aus are you? I'd be looking to scoot elsewhere for one. Just a quick break. You have to wait until 2028 for the solar eclipse anyway, so maybe just wait for that...?

        NSW south coast. Im being dead serious here, the last one that happen a few years ago, i think it was the red sun one, happened at 4pm in the afternoon, it was sunny all day until 330pm when the cloud cover arrived

          Check the weather in your area next time if you really want to see one. Sydney gets the 2028 total solar eclipse.

    A lot of Australian news articles seem to ignore the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse listed by Time and Date - in this case you even link to their list.

    The path of totality goes over the NW Cape, including Exmouth. Even a comprehensive article by ABC says the next total solar eclipse in Australia is in 2028.

    This would be a worthwhile addition to you 11 item list.

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