A solar eclipse is a celestial phenomenon that occurs when the moon, the sun and the Earth are aligned in a straight line. One is a total solar eclipse when the moon passes directly in front of the sun and blocks our view of the sun.
A partial solar eclipse takes place when the earth moves through the lunar penumbra as the moon travels between the earth and the sun.
After July's complete solar eclipse, sky-watchers are now getting ready to witness the partial solar eclipse or surya grahan today. Out of three solar eclipses that were scheduled to take place in 2018, this one will be the last one. The eclipse will begin from 1:32 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) and last till 5:02 PM IST.
The total eclipse lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse preceded and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of almost 4 hours in the Earth's umbral shadow, according to NASA.
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Where can you see it?
Unfortunately, astronomy enthusiasts in India will not be able to witness this particular eclipse, as it will only be visible over Northern Canada, North-eastern US, Greenland, Siberia, as well as some parts of Asia, including the cities of Seoul in South Korea and Shanghai in China. Also, it turns dark during a solar eclipse as the Sun gets blocked. You'll have to wait until January 21, 2019 for the next eclipse.
People are also advised not to eat during solar eclipse.
Because of the moon's orbit, either two weeks before or after a total lunar eclipse, the moon reaches the opposite side of its orbit and crosses the ecliptic again - this time, at new-moon phase - resulting in an eclipse of the sun. Just over a year ago, millions across North America were anxiously awaiting the "Great American Solar Eclipse" of August 21. The moon will cover approximately 73% of the sun when the eclipse is at its peak, according to NASA.
So, unlike previous year, no place on Earth will see the glorious spectacle of a total solar eclipse. Skywatchers should use binoculars, a telescope or optical camera viewfinder to watch the eclipse. Instead, they suggest the "Pinhole Projection" or the "Optical Protection" methods for viewing safety.
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