Eclipse season is upon us with two eclipses just days apart

THE ECLIPSE season is now upon us, with astronomers stating it is "inevitable" Earth will see at least two eclipses in a 35 day period.

PUBLISHED: 10:25, Mon, Nov 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:26, Mon, Nov 30, 2020

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In North America, the penumbral eclipse of the Beaver Moon is currently underway on November 30. A penumbral eclipse is the result of the moon travelling through the Earth’s outer shadow, which casts darkness on the lunar satellite when the Earth and the moon align almost perfectly with the Sun. This marks the beginning of "eclipse season" according to astronomers.

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In astronomical terms, eclipse season is a point in the year when at least two eclipses occur within a 35 day period.

The second eclipse of the season comes on December 14.

South America will see a total eclipse of the Sun on this date.

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Chile and Argentina will be the main benefactors of the Moon moving in front of the Sun from Earth's perspective.

Eclipse season is upon us with two eclipses just days apartEclipse season is upon us with two eclipses just days apart (Image: GETTY)

lunar eclipseA lunar eclipse (Image: NASA)

Why is there an eclipse season?

Over the course of a calendar year, there are between four and seven eclipses - either of the Moon or of the Sun.

They come about in cycles of 173.3 days, just shy of six months.

The reason they come in swathes is because of the angle the Moon orbits the Earth.

The Moon's journey around our planet is not flat, but rather slightly off at a five-degree angle.

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