Here's when you can catch the next solar and lunar eclipses in Vancouver

Aug 21 2017, 11:58 pm

So let’s say you missed the solar eclipse, which reached 86% totality over the skies of Vancouver on Monday morning.

It’s possible you were stuck at work, traveling, driving, studying, on a plane, vacationing on another continent, or unable to watch it safely because you didn’t have eclipse filtering glasses. Perhaps you were still sleeping or didn’t even hear about it.

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Fortunately you won’t have to wait until the next century to see the next solar eclipse in the city as the next events are projected to occur in a few years on October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024, according to TimeAndDate.com.

The 2023 event will be an annular solar eclipse, with the moon covering the sun’s centre, reaching about 83% totality in Vancouver. However, the partial solar eclipse event that will happen the following year will be much less impressive as it will only reach a totality of about 20%.

Unfortunately, a total solar eclipse will not be visible in Vancouver in our lifetime, but there will be a few occasions this century when it comes very close to complete totality.

The next event with the closest coverage to totality in Vancouver will be on August 22, 2044 when the solar eclipse over local skies reaches 98% totality.

And while it might not carry the same excitement and allure as a solar eclipse, there are lunar eclipse events to look forward to, and these celestial phenomenons occur far more frequently than their solar counterpart.

In fact, the next total lunar eclipse is scheduled to occur in just a few months on January 31, 2018. Of course, the only major factor at that time of year is weather.

Here are the next solar and lunar eclipse events in Vancouver from now until 2029:

Partial Solar Eclipse

  • October 14, 2023
  • April 8, 2024
  • January 14, 2029

Total Lunar Eclipse

  • January 31, 2018
  • January 20, 2019
  • May 26, 2021
  • May 15, 2022
  • November 8, 2022
  • March 13, 2025
  • March 3, 2026

Partial Lunar Eclipse

  • November 18, 2021
  • September 17, 2024
  • August 27, 2026
  • January 11, 2028
  • December 31, 2028
  • June 15, 2029
  • December 20, 2029

The solar eclipse and lunar eclipse phenomenons explained. (Shutterstock)