We’re officially in eclipse season, and this year the earth gets a partial solar eclipse on a very special day (especially for the more superstitious of us): Friday the 13th. Not only is it the first Friday the 13th solar eclipse in over 40 years, but it’s also a supermoon — spooky!
According to Space.com, an eclipse season is a period of about one month in which eclipses are possible on new and full moons because of the way the moon is orbiting the sun. We have, on average, two eclipse seasons per year that happen a little less than six months apart.
The July 2018 partial solar eclipse starts at 01:48 UT.
What is a partial solar eclipse?
If you can remember all the way back to August 2017, you’ll remember we had a stunning solar eclipse cross the United States. That was a total eclipse, meaning the moon crossed directly through the path of the sun leaving just a small ring of sunlight visible to those in its track. Remember how eerily dark it got?
The July 2018 eclipse is a bit different as a partial solar eclipse. According to Time, this means “the moon passes almost directly between the sun and the Earth,” so the moon won’t block the sun’s light completely.
What is a supermoon?
The Friday the 13th eclipse also happens to be a supermoon, the rare moment when the moon looks bigger and brighter than usual. According to National Geographic, a supermoon happens when the full moon is at its closest point to the earth on the opposite side of the earth than the sun.
In this case, it’s a new moon, which is the moon’s first phase. Typically, we can’t see a new moon because the daylight is brighter than what’s being reflected back onto the moon. Lucky for some, during the partial solar eclipse the moon will cross between the sun and the earth, making it visible to the naked eye.
How to see the Friday the 13th partial solar eclipse
This all sounds amazing, right? Well, here’s the bad news. Unless you’re in parts of Australia, New Zealand, or Antarctica, you can go ahead and put those eclipse viewers away.
Space.com reports that the eclipse will be best visible on the ocean between Australia and Antarctica. Those on land in Hobart, Tasmania will see roughly 10 percent of the eclipse, while people in the areas of Melbourne, Australia and the southern tip of New Zealand may see a bit of the eclipse as well.
For the best on-land view, you’ll have to be near the Casey research station in Antarctica.
If you still want to follow the eclipse’s path but can’t exactly find a flight to Antarctica, you can check it out online (yay, internet!).
What is the new moon solar eclipse meaning in astrology?
Even though you might not be able to see the partial solar eclipse, that doesn’t mean the new moon won’t affect you (if you believe in astrology, that is).
This new moon will make its debut in the Cancer zodiac sign, putting your domestic life at the forefront. The new moon eclipse means you’ll face new beginning surrounding your home life, both physical and emotional.
Cancer’s energy will help you get in touch with yourself on a more personal level and provide you with the intuition to know that it might be time to give something up. But remember, when one door closes, another one opens!
When is the next solar eclipse?
If you miss this month’s solar eclipse, no worries. National Geographic reports that a (much more viewable) partial solar eclipse will be visible in less than a month. On August 11, 2018, northern and eastern Europe, northern parts of North America, and western parts of Asia will get their chance to see an eclipse.