A solar  occurs about every 18 months or so when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun’s glowing face. When viewed from Earth, the Sun and the Moon are roughly identical in size, meaning the lunar orb can completely blot out the Sun. When this happens, the skies turn dark for minutes at a time, marking the moment of so-called totality. The last partial solar eclipse peaked on January 6 this year and the good news is a total eclipse of the Sun is just around the corner.

What is a solar eclipse? How does it happen?

An eclipse of the Sun occurs whenever the Moon partially or completely blots out the glowing star in our skies.

During a partial eclipse, only a fraction of the Sun’s face is obscured by the lunar orb.

During a total eclipse, the entire Sun disappears from the skies for a few minutes, briefly turning daytime into the night.

There is a third type of solar eclipse, which is an annular eclipse.

When is the next total solar eclipse?

Just seven months after the Moon partially bit into the Sun over East Asia and the Pacific, a total eclipse will peak in July.

The eclipse falls on July 2 in the evening hours Universal Time.

Here in the UK, US space agency NASA said the eclipse will hit the midway mark around 8.24pm BST or 7.24pm UTC.

Unfortunately, the eclipse will not be visible from the UK or Europe for that matter.

During an annular eclipse of the Sun, the Moon is at its farthest point from the Earth, so when it fully passes in front of the Sun parts of the star are still seen glowing around the Moon’s edges.

Where will the solar eclipse be visible?

NASA expects the Sun and the Moon to cross paths next month over parts of South America.

The countries best positioned to see the breathtaking event are Chile and Argentina.

But the good news is the neighbouring countries of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Ecuador will get to see a partial eclipse.

During the partial eclipse, only a portion of the Sun will vanish behind the Moon.

The Slooh livestream will start on July 2 at 8.15pm BST (3.15pm EST or 12.15pm PDT).

And Slooh’s chief astronomer Paul Cox said: “The 2019 South American solar eclipse is not an easy event to capture.

“Unlike the 2017 eclipse, the path of totality – the 90-mile wide path of the Moon’s umbral shadow – only makes landfall across a narrow stretch of Chile and Argentina.

“Having raced across the Pacific Ocean at over 6,000 mph, by the time the Moon’s shadow reaches the west coast of Chile, the Sun will be low to the horizon, with the partial eclipse phases occurring just as the Sun is setting.”

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Dina Amelia Kalmeta is the Founder and CEO of Your New Life in Christ Ministries - CWW7NEWS. Dina reports on world events as they pertain to Bible Prophecy. Before Your New Life in Christ Ministries, Dina served as a Leader for INCHRIST NETWORK leading teams online and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her mission today is to bring hard evidence that what is taking place in the world isn't just coincidence, but indeed proof that the last days the Bible warned us about are upon us right now.