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Partial solar eclipse of October 25, 2022

Animation showing moon's shadow moving across the Earth.
October 25, 2022 partial solar eclipse, as seen from the moon’s vantage point. The moon’s large penumbral shadow is lightly shaded and is outlined with a solid black edge. A partial eclipse is visible from within this penumbra. Global map animation of eclipse courtesy of Micheal Zeller and Fred Espenak. Used with permission.

Partial solar eclipse

The partial solar eclipse of October 25, 2022 is visible from most of Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East and western parts of Asia.

When and where to watch: A partial solar eclipse sweeps across Europe, west Asia, northeast Africa, and the Middle East on October 25, 2022. The instant of greatest eclipse – when the axis of the moon’s shadow cone passes closest to Earth’s center – takes place at 11:00:16 UTC. The partial eclipse begins at 08:58:21 UTC and ends at 13:02:11 UTC.
Maximum eclipse: is at 11:00:16 UTC when 0.86189 percent of the sun is eclipsed.
Note: This is a very deep partial eclipse.

The number one rule for solar eclipse observing is to make sure you protect your eyes by using an appropriate filter. Purchase a pair of eclipse glasses from the EarthSky Store.

Moon, constellation, saros

This is 4.2 days before the moon reaches perigee, meaning the point nearest to Earth in its orbit.

During the eclipse, the sun is in the constellation Virgo.

The Saros catalog describes the periodicity of eclipses. This October 24 partial eclipse belongs to Saros 124. It is number 55 of 73 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the moon’s descending node. The moon moves northward in relation to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series.

Cities where the eclipse is visible

List of cities
Cities where the partial solar eclipse of October 25, 2022 is visible, via TimeandDate.com.

Next eclipse and eclipse seasons

The partial solar eclipse of October 25, 2022, is followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022.

These eclipses all take place during a single eclipse season.

An eclipse season is an approximate 35-day period during which it’s inevitable for at least 2 (and possibly 3) eclipses to take place. The current eclipse season has two eclipses: October 25 and November 8, 2022.

Globe with continents and nations outlined and long sweeping arcs showing path of eclipse.
A map of the partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022. The path sweeps across Europe, western Asia, northeastern Africa and the Middle East. You must protect your eyes to watch even the partial phases of any solar eclipse. Key to Solar Eclipse Maps here. Eclipse predictions and image via Fred Espenak. Used with permission.

Maps and data

Find maps and eclipse timings below. Remember to convert UTC to your time. You can visit timeanddate.com to get the exact timing of the eclipse from your location. Remember that the number one rule for solar eclipse observing is to make sure you protect your eyes by using an appropriate filter. Purchase a pair of eclipse glasses from the EarthSky Store.

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Orthographic Map: Detailed map of eclipse visibility for the partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022.
Animated Map: Animated map of the moon’s shadows across Earth for the partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022.
Google Map: Interactive map of the eclipse path for the partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022.
Circumstances Table: Eclipse times for hundreds of cities for the partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022.
Saros 124 Table: data for all eclipses in the Saros series
Additional tables and data for this event

Covers of 3 of Fred Espenak's large-format eclipse publications.
Thank you, Fred Espenak, for granting permission to reprint this article. For the best in eclipse info – from an expert – visit Fred’s publications page.

Here is what a partial solar eclipse looks like

Partial solar eclipse: Lake with crescent sun ranging in color from red to yellow against deep orange sky.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Chirag Bachani in Evanston, Illinois, captured this photo of the partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021. Chirag wrote: “… the sun looked as if a bite was taken out of it as it rose over Lake Michigan. The sky glowed red as the crescent sun rose over the horizon. This surreal sight is produced by the moon covering a portion of the sun as seen from Earth. As the sun lifted above the lake, atmospheric refraction distorted the sun’s bottom half and created a small inverse image of the sun directly beneath it.” Thanks, Chirag!

Bottom line: A partial solar eclipse will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. The path sweeps across Europe, western Asia, northeastern Africa and the Middle East.

Via eclipsewise.com

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