8 interesting facts you should know before the partial solar eclipse

11 August, 2018, 11:55 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Eclipse 2018 Partial solar eclipse of the Sun

The first solar eclipse this year was in February. It will not be witnessed in Pakistan.

Partial Solar Eclipse will take place today and it will be the last celestial event of this year. The eclipse will begin from 1:32 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) and last till 5:02 PM IST. While, it will end at 04:21 pm PST, a private news channel reported. Scientists also suggest that the safe way to witness the partial solar eclipse is to watch it through special objective solar filters or hand-held solar viewers.

How is partial solar eclipse different from total solar eclipse?

Northern China and eastern Russian Federation will be able to view it in the afternoon local time.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes across the face of the sun, as viewed from Earth.

Unlike the total lunar eclipse on July 27, this week's event is a partial eclipse - meaning the sun will not be completely covered by the moon. "It can cause eye damage". And flanking that lunar eclipse (two weeks before, and now two weeks after) are two partial eclipses of the sun. Eclipses happen approximately every 173 days during what's called an eclipse season. "But the only reason behind these myths was ignorance and lack of knowledge", he said, adding, "During an eclipse, you can do all the activities and follow all your dietary habits that you do on a daily basis". This is because the earth is not always at the same distance from the sun, and the moon is not always at the same distance from the earth.

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According to experts, homemade glasses or normal sunglasses are not safe to watch the partial eclipse.

Other parts of the world that will have views of the partial solar eclipse, albeit a much smaller version of it, include Harbin, China, Nuuk, Greenland and Seoul, South Korea.

Just like during the August 2017 total solar eclipse, you will need special eclipse glasses to get the best viewing experience of the partial eclipse to protect your eyes. Also, it turns dark during a solar eclipse as the Sun gets blocked.

Partial solar eclipses can be very risky to look at with the naked, eye, accordion to the American Astrological Society (AAS).

The AAS recommends getting special-purpose sun filtering glasses and not looking at the sun through binoculars, a camera lens or a telescope even with the eclipse glasses on because of the strength of the sun's light.

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