Solar eclipse guide 2021: When, where & how to see them

There are two partial solar eclipses in 2022. The first partial solar eclipse will occur on Apr. 30 and be visible from parts of South America, Antarctica, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Then on Oct. 25, another partial solar eclipse will be visible over Europe, western Asia and northeast Africa. 

A solar eclipse occurs when the new moon, which is otherwise invisible, makes a rare appearance by crossing in front of the sun’s face, slowly creating the appearance of a “bite” taken from the sun. This continues until the moon fully or partially blocks the sun’s disk.