Tonight is the night that a rare solar eclipse is set to take place on the other side of the world. And though it won’t be visible for Canadians by simply looking up, there’s still a way to see all the action live.
You’ll be able to bare witness to the event tonight, April 19th, and into the 20th, especially for observers across Australia and Indonesia, to the Pacific Ocean, according to The Weather Network.
“As the Sun, Moon, and Earth move through space, they occasionally line up just right to produce a solar eclipse, when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun and its shadow is cast on Earth’s surface,” states their report.
According to TWN, we usually see solar eclipses in three ways: Partial, Annular, and Total. But the one we’re about to see is the hybrid annular-total solar eclipse.
“In any typical year, we’ll see at least two solar eclipses of some kind or another, spaced out about six months apart,” shares TWN.
“Hybrid eclipses occur more rarely, though. On average, of the 20+ eclipses that happen in any decade, one will be a hybrid.”
And it looks like that’s what we can expect tonight. Since we won’t be able to see the eclipse directly in Canada, or in the western hemisphere, we’ll have to resort to live streams.
Check out the one below:
Will we ever get the chance another solar eclipse? Sooner than later, we will. The last time that a solar eclipse took place in Canada was 2008, but it was only visible in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
This time for people in Ontario, a total solar eclipse will turn daytime into darkness next year.
According to The Weather Network, the total solar eclipse will be visible in Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.
But for now, we wait and join the rest of the world online tonight to catch all the action.