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Kicking off Eclipse Season 2022

The Heavens have always fascinated me, as I am sure they do many others. Maybe it stems from my parents' love of the night sky and the beauty they have found in watching the Heavens. I remember as a child, sitting in lawn chairs in the driveway of my childhood home watching the night sky with my parents. No matter the reason, we are all a little mesmerized by the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars.

April 30th kicks off 2022 "Eclipse Season" with a partial solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when a portion of the Earth is engulfed in a shadow cast by the Moon which fully or partially blocks sunlight. This occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned. Such alignment coincides with a new moon indicating the Moon is closest to the ecliptic plane.

 

An Eclipse Never Comes Alone!

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

Usually, there are two eclipses in a row, but other times, there are three during the same eclipse season.

The eclipse happening on April 30th, is the first eclipse this season.

The second eclipse this season will happen on May 16, 2022. It will be a total lunar eclipse.

Because of the timing of the lunar cycle this year, there have been several new moons so far in 2022 that have straddled the line between one month and another. When we have two full moons in a single calendar month, the second is called a “Blue Moon,” and when this occurs with a new moon, it’s called a "Black Moon". This is a relatively rare and interesting phenomenon (as there’s usually only one new and full moon per month), this simply gives us an extra chance to enjoy the new moon before we have to flip our calendars to a new month.

I believe April 30th is a very special time. It's a culmination of all the wonderful things we have been working so hard towards and enjoying this month. Happy Eclipse Season, friends!