Feb 15, 2018: First solar eclipse of 2018 a minor attraction
SPACE - The first solar eclipse of 2018 will be partial and not much of a draw for so-called eclipseophiles. All three of the eclipses of 2018 are partial shows.
The so-called Great American Eclipse of Aug 21, 2017, was visible in totality to millions of Americans. It added to the number of so called eclipseophiles – sky watchers who will go almost anywhere to experience a total eclipse. Many of them will have booked accommodation already in Chile or Argentina for the next total eclipse, on Jul 2, 2019.
A partial eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only part of the Sun, producing twilight, not the inkiness of totality that eclipse tourists crave.
The February show begins over Antarctica and the surrounding ocean, according to Space.com, then moves up and over South America, including Argentina and Chile, and there will be some visibility as far north as Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil.
The second eclipse, on Jul 13, is too remote to represent a draw for the traveling sky watchers: it takes place over open water south of Australia and New Zealand.
Some might venture to the Northern Hemisphere for the last of the three 2018 eclipses, on Aug 11. Though partial, it will be more accessible, visible from northern Europe, northern Asia and parts of eastern Asia.