On Saturday, August 11, 2018, a big partial solar eclipse will be visible from the northern hemisphere, as the eclipse will play out from start to finish in the morning hours on that day.
This solar eclipse comes exactly after two weeks of a total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and four weeks after another partial solar eclipse on July 27, 2018.
The phase of the sun will begin to partially disappear behind the August New Moon starting at 1.32 pm. According to reports, the eclipse will peak shortly after around 3.16pm and wrap up by 5pm. On a global scale, it will last for 3 hours 30 minutes.
It might not allow a glimpse of the sun’s corona as a total eclipse does, but in all of the eclipses from 2018, Saturday’s partial solar eclipse is the best there is.
A solar eclipse is a celestial phenomenon that occurs when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are aligned in a straight line, while in a lunar eclipse the Earth comes in between the Moon and the Sun. A partial solar eclipse takes place whenever the Moon covers some of the part of the Sun, which led the Sun to appear as a crescent or as a disk with a hollow centre for some duration of the eclipse. The nature of the eclipse actually differ location wise.
But what are the chances of viewers in India catching a glimpse while all of this happens?
Well then let us tell you astronomers of NASA’s Godard Space Flight Centre have a bad news for anyone, those who are living just below the Arctic Circle and yes, that includes India!
Partial solar eclipses are typically confined to the Polar Regions and appear close to the horizons, while this year the partial solar eclipse is limited to the Northern Hemisphere and will only be visible from a selected number of locations near the North Pole.
According to sources, the crescent sun will be best viewed from Siberia and far-northeastern Canada. But northern Scandinavia, most of Russia, northern china, Greenland, Mongolia, Kazakhstan will see a chunk of the sun.
Unlike the blood moon lunar eclipse which was seen last month from India on July 27, it seems viewers have to wait until the next visible eclipse. So, those who are prepping themselves up for this celestial event with their solar safety glasses and photographic equipment, please take note!
The next partial solar eclipse will be seen on January 6, 2019 and soon after that on January 21, 2019 the next total lunar eclipse will be visible.