For much of the world, the last chance to take an 'eclipse for a while is about to happen.
The partial solar eclipse of this weekend will take place in many northern hemisphere countries on Saturday 11 August – becoming what could be the solar eclipse most seen in 2018.
L & # 39; Eclipse starts at 5:46 ET, and will be visible in Greenland before expanding to Iceland, Northern Europe, most of northern Russia and part of northern China, according to NASA . If the weather is good in the morning, when the eclipse begins (around 4:02 am), then the solar eclipse may become more visible in the year. The extensive route through parts of the northern hemisphere means that many more people will be able to capture it compared to the partial solar eclipse of July 1
In addition to being potentially the eclipses most viewed, the eclipse August 11 will also be the last eclipse – lunar or solar – of 2018. Eclipses occur approximately every 173 days during the so-called eclipse season. According to NASA, twice a year, the orbit of the moon crosses paths with the orbit of the sun for 34 days when up to three eclipses can occur.
In 2018, the first eclipse was the blood-blue moon passed on January 31st, followed by a partial solar eclipse on February 15th. The eclipse of August 11 marks the end of this eclipse season after two previous eclipses during the month of July. You will have to wait until January 21, 2019 for the next eclipse. It will also be a super moon
To celebrate the last eclipse of the season, here is all you need to know to prepare for the partial solar eclipse of August 11th.
What is a solar eclipse?
A 'solar eclipse happens when the moon arrives between the Earth and the sun, projecting a' shadow on the planet. According to Space.com, because the moon is relatively smaller than the Earth, the shadow is projected onto a small area of the Earth's surface. However, for those who can see it, during a total solar eclipse the moon will cover the sun, blocking visible light. The point where the sun is totally blocked is called totality and can last from about 30 seconds to seven minutes.
During a partial solar eclipse, there is not a totality because the moon will cover only part of the sun, according to NASA. Partial eclipses tend to look different – they can only leave a splinter of the visible sun, can cover half of it can only cover a very small potion – depending on the position during the big celestial event.
A solar eclipse is basically the opposite of a lunar eclipse, like the one that happened on July 27th. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth arrives between the moon and the sun, causing the moon to be covered by the shadow of the Earth and vanish. Unlike solar eclipses, a lunar eclipse often lasts much longer, and are less rare because they can be seen by everyone on the side of the Earth where it is night, while only those within the moon's shadow on Earth they can see a 'solar eclipse.
is now the solar eclipse?
The partial solar eclipse will begin at 4:02 ET on August 11 and the moon will reach its maximum sun coverage at 5:46 am, according to NASA. The eclipse will not be visible to those in this time zone, but if you live in the United States and want to see the solar eclipse, the nearest area you can see is Northern Canada.
Where can you see the solar eclipse?
The solar eclipse will be visible in Russia, in the northern parts of China, Mongolia, northern Europe and northern Canada, as well as the Arctic Ocean. The moon will cover about 73% of the sun when the eclipse is at its peak, according to NASA.
Other parts of the world that will have a partial vision of the solar eclipse, though a much smaller version of it, include Harbin, China, Nuuk, Greenland and Seoul, South Korea.
Just as during the total solar eclipse of August 2017 , you need special Eclipse glasses to get the best visual experience of the partial eclipse to protect the eyes.
According to the American Astrological Society (AAS), partial solar eclipses can be very dangerous to look at with the naked eye. During a partial solar eclipse, only part of the sun is covered by the shadow of the moon, making it as bright as the sun on a typical day.
The AAS recommends obtaining filtering glasses for sun for special purposes and not looking at the sun through binoculars, a lens or even a telescope with the glasses eclipsed on due to the force of sunlight. Instead, they suggest the "Pinhole Projection" or "Optical Protection" methods for displaying security.