November 02, 2022
On Tuesday, skywatchers in parts of Europe and Asia were treated to a partial solar eclipse.
It is the first half of the "eclipse season", which will end with a total lunar eclipse, or "blood moon". Visible from North America in just a few weeks.
The four seasons have to do with the Earth's tilt on its axis and the orientation of the northern and southern hemispheres toward the Sun.
The season of an eclipse refers to the place where the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun.
Every 173 days, for a little more than a month, our large natural satellite passes through an eclipse, or path.
The Moon does not orbit in the exact same plane as the Sun and Earth do," NASA explains on its Solar System blog.
The time when they align is known as the eclipse season, which occurs twice a year."
During an eclipse season, the Moon is basically moving between us and the Sun, raising this possibility.
That it will pass between our planet and the neighboring star for a solar eclipse or the Earth will block the moon for a lunar eclipse.
There are usually two or three eclipses in less than 37 days during the eclipse season.