Eclipse Guide

How to See the 2022 Partial Solar Eclipse on October 25

Seeing a solar eclipse is one of the most impressive and rare space tourism experiences on earth. Following the 2017 solar eclipse across the U.S., traveling to see an eclipse is an increasingly popular activity for those of us who love space here on earth. Luckily, there’s a solar eclipse coming up on October 25, 2022.

If you’re curious about the next solar eclipse, this post has everything you need to know. I cover the basics of eclipses, when and where you can see the eclipse – and how to travel to each destination. We also cover eclipse viewing basics and give a teaser of the 2022 partial solar eclipse!

Are you ready to plan your next solar eclipse experience? Dive into this post!

Featured photo credit: t-mizo via Flickr
This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated most recently in October 2022.

What is a Solar Eclipse?

If you’re not familiar with the science behind a solar eclipse, that’s okay – you can still enjoy seeing one even if you’re not an astronomer or astrophysicist!

The Physics of Solar Eclipses

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. This causes two shadows to fall on the earth – the moon’s shadows – also called the umbra and the penumbra. The path of the penumbra on the earth creates a partial solar eclipse; for a total solar eclipse, the path of the umbra creates “totality,” where the sun is completely blocked by the moon. During an annular solar eclipse, this path is called “annularity.”

What Kind of Solar Eclipse?

Wait… Total? Annular? What? There are different kinds of eclipses. Here’s a quick breakdown.

The next solar eclipse is a partial solar eclipse, where the moon passes between the sun and earth but doesn’t completely block the light – it makes the sun look like a cookie with a bite taken out. This is in contrast to a total solar eclipse is an eclipse where the sun is completely blocked by the moon, or an annular eclipse, where the moon covers the sun in an o-shape.

The Types of Solar Eclipses

Learn more about the types of solar eclipses.

What Happens During a Partial Solar Eclipse?

During a partial solar eclipse, the sun is not entirely obscured by the moon; it will basically look like someone has taken a bite out of the sun – but the sun will still be quite bright, depending on where you view this eclipse from.

Important Details of the Solar Eclipse in 2022

Must-See Night Sky Events in August - Partial Solar Eclipse - David Paleino via Flickr
Photo credit: NASA via Flickr

Curious when and where the 2022 solar eclipse is happening? Read on to learn all the logistics of this eclipse, plus tips on how you can travel and safely view the eclipse.

When Will the Total Solar Eclipse Occur?

The partial solar eclipse will occur on October 25, 2022 from 08:58 UTC to 13:02 UTC. The maximum of the eclipse will occur at 11:00 UTC.

This window of time reflects how long the entire planet will see the eclipse – not how long you’ll be able to see it in any given location. As you’ll see, this eclipse is actually barely visible on any part of the earth that’s inhabited – which means that most of us won’t see any partial eclipse – unless you have already planned ahead!

Where will the Total Solar Eclipse Be Visible?

October 25 Partial Solar Eclipse Map
Map courtesy of Time & Date

In summary: the October 25, 2022 partial eclipse is visible across almost all of Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia as well as parts of Asia, Africa, and Greenland. No part of this region will see more than 80% of the sun being blocked, so no matter where you are in this zone, you’ll need to wear eclipse glasses to protect your eyes.

Here are some of the cities in the path of this eclipse and what percentage of the sun will be blocked at the eclipse maximum:

  • London, England – 15%
  • Berlin, Germany – 32%
  • Amman, Jordan – 35%
  • Bucharest, Romania – 38%
  • Stockholm, Sweden – 46%
  • Tallinn, Estonia – 53%
  • Helsinki, Finland – 54%
  • Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – 70%
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan – 70%

Parts of Russia will see even more of the sun obscured, but I’m guessing most people won’t be traveling there (and I have very few Russian readers).

Guided Tours for the October 2022 Total Solar Eclipse

If you have your heart set on seeing this solar eclipse, you’re gonna have to do it on your own – I was unable to find any tour companies offering tours for this solar eclipse. This is likely due to the fact that A) it’s a partial eclipse rather than the more impressive annular or total solar eclipses and B) many cities in Europe and other highly populated parts of the world.

Tips for Viewing a Solar Eclipse

With all the preparation it takes to see the October 2022 solar eclipse, you might not have thought about how to actually view the eclipse! Don’t worry, we’ve got that covered too.

Safety Warning: Protect Your Eyes During the Solar Eclipse!

Viewing the Solar Eclipse - North Charleston via Flickr
Photo credit: Chris Hoare via Flickr

First and foremost, it’s important to protect your eyes during any solar eclipse, including the 2022 solar eclipse. Throughout the entire duration of the eclipse, you will need to wear solar viewing glasses that allow you to view the eclipse in its partial stage without damaging your eyes.

Never look directly at the sun during a partial solar eclipse.

If you need solar eclipse glasses, Amazon has a good selection. Look for those which are ISO approved to ensure you’ll get the proper eye protection:

Pro-tip: If you are traveling from outside the region, buy and bring your own solar eclipse glasses. They fold down small, and then you know you’ll have a safe pair when it’s time to view the eclipse.

How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse

Photographing the Solar Eclipse

Similar to your eyes, a camera lens can be damaged by photographing the sun directly. If you plan to shoot photographs during the partial solar eclipse, you’ll need a solar filter for your lens; you can also make one from solar paper and cardboard.

Additionally, you should not look through the viewfinder of your camera without eye protection on. If you have a digital display, you can use this to view your shots.

Other tips for photographing a solar eclipse:

  1. Be sure to set up and check your settings before you shoot. You may even want to try some solar photography in advance of the eclipse so you have an understanding of the conditions and effect of the solar filter on your shots.
  2. Conditions change quickly during an eclipse, so you’ll need to have your camera set to manual and adjust throughout the eclipse.
  3. During the partial eclipse, set your F-stop to between 8 and 16, and your shutter speed between 1/30 to 1/4000. You’ll need to adjust these both as more of the sun is obscured.
  4. During annularity, you may need change your settings in a matter of moments, but will still need to keep your solar filter on your camera to protect the lens and sensors.
  5. In all cases, be sure to mount your camera on a tripod to stabilize your photos and get crystal-clear lines between the moon and sun.

In the end, photographing a solar eclipse is partially trial-and-error, so be sure to enjoy the eclipse with your own eyes (through solar eclipse glasses!) too.

When is the Next Solar Eclipse?

After the partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022, the next solar eclipse will be a total solar eclipse on April 20, 2023. This one will be visible in parts of Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Australia. I’ll update this post with details about that eclipse once the October eclipse has ended!

Have other questions about the last solar eclipse in 2023? Let me know in the comments!

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Valerie is the founder and editor of Space Tourism Guide. She grew up in Alaska, has lived across the U.S., and traveled around the world to enjoy the night sky from many different perspectives. Join her on this journey to explore space right here on earth.

2 Comments

  • Sean Pearson

    Hello Ms. Stimac,

    Simply wish to extend a thank you. Recently my family and I have begun stargazing and you emails are extremely helpful as a quide and as a source of information.

    Truly yours,
    Sean and Family🙂

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