First Solar eclipse of 2022 to coincide with Black Moon; NASA reveals locations | Check time

The first solar eclipse of the year 2022 will be coinciding with the Black Moon. Know why it is called Black Moon.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:55 IST
First Solar Eclipse of the year 2022 on April 30.
First Solar Eclipse of the year 2022 on April 30. (Pixabay)
First Solar Eclipse of the year 2022 on April 30.
First Solar Eclipse of the year 2022 on April 30. (Pixabay)

The first solar eclipse of the year is all set to take place on Saturday, April 30. The celestial event will coincide with the second new moon of the month, also known as the Black Moon. Solar eclipses occur when the moon comes in between the Sun, and Earth casting a shadow on our planet. This year, the phenomenon will be a partial eclipse as the moon will partially block the sun. According to NASA, the eclipse will be visible over parts of South America as well as from Chile, Argentina, most of Uruguay, western Paraguay, southwestern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, and a small area of southwestern Brazil.

It will also be visible in Antarctica, and the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Those who wouldn't be able to view the Black Moon can watch the live stream of the celestial sight on an India-based space YouTube channel Gyaan ki gareebi Live. Know why solar eclipse takes place and what does black moon mean.

Why does a solar eclipse take place?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting its shadows on the earth. However, a partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks only a portion of the Sun's disc, cutting a circular chunk out of it.

According to NASA, the upcoming eclipse will block out nearly 65% of the Sun at its peak.

What is Black Moon?

Like the Blood Moon and Blue Moon, there's no clear definition of the origin of the Black Moon's name. The Old Farmer's Almanac suggests that every new moon is a Black Moon because on every new moon day, only the moon's dark or black side is "visible" from earth. Black Moons are called rare as they typically occur about every 32 months i.e, in every two to three years.

Solar eclipse timing on April 30

The partial solar eclipse will be visible at 12:15 am. The eclipse will be visible in most of the places at 2:11 am. The eclipse will end at 4:07 am.

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First Published Date: 29 Apr, 06:44 IST