Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Partial Solar Eclipse 2018, Aanshik Surya Grahan 11 August 2018

Partial Solar Eclipse 2018, Aanshik Surya Grahan 11 August 2018

As the sun will never be completely covered, spectators are advised to wear solar safety glasses at all times and photographic equipment will need filters. Although, this myth gains traction around the time of a total solar eclipse, some people refuse to cook or eat even during partial eclipses.

The upcoming partial solar eclipse will take place on August 11, 2018.

This weekend's solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse of the sun, not the spectacular total solar eclipse that thrilled millions previous year. If the weather is good in the morning, when the eclipse starts (around 4:02 a.m. E.T.), then it may become the most viewed solar eclipse of the year. The peak of the eclipse will be around 11:46am CEST, ending around 1:30pm CEST. Having arrived at the ascending node nearly too late for the partial solar eclipse on July 13, the moon now passes the same node nearly too early.

Where can you see the solar eclipse?

The wide path across parts of the Northern Hemisphere means much more people will be able to catch it than the July 13 partial solar eclipse. Partial eclipses tend to look different - it can leave only a sliver of the sun visible, it can cover half of it can only cover a very small potion - depending on your location during the big celestial event. Also during that eclipse, the moon crossed the ecliptic going from north to south, the descending node of its orbit. Whereas the partial solar eclipse will appear when the moon covers some part of the Sun.

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In case you haven't been keeping track, this will be the third eclipse in less than a month. After one of the longest Lunar Eclipse/ Chandra grahan on 27 July, India is all set to witness the next eclipse of the year on 11 August.

The solar eclipse will be visible in Russian Federation, northern parts of China, Mongolia, Northern Europe and northern Canada as well as the Arctic Ocean.

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. According to GSFC map, partial solar eclipse 2018 will be seen over North Pole and eastern parts of Siberia. It is referred to as "partial" because the moon does not block the entirety of the sun, when witnessed from the earth.

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