A partial solar eclipse, the third and final solar eclipse of the year, will take place on August 11, lasting for nearly 3 hours 30 minutes. The partial solar eclipse will be visible in the day starting at around 1:32 PM Indian Standard Time (IST), and will be visible till 5:02 PM IST across major parts of Northern Hemisphere.
What is Partial Solar Eclipse?
An eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth get aligned in a straight line. While during the solar eclipse, the sun is obscured by the moon stopping sunlight to reach the Earth; in partial solar eclipse, the moon obscures only a portion of the sun when viewed from Earth wherein the sun appears as a disc. Also, it turns dark during a solar eclipse as the sun gets blocked.
Few guidelines while watching Partial Solar Eclipse
Partial Solar Eclipse must not be watched with bare eyes. However, there are specific glasses available in the market through which you can experience this natural phenomenon without damaging your eyes. In case of solar eclipse too, you need to take care of the same precautions. Protection glasses especially made for protection for eyes during solar eclipse should be used. The eclipse can also be viewed with the help of pinhole cameras as well.
Upcoming Partial Solar Eclipse
- 11 August 2018: Arctic, Atlantic, North Europe
- 5 January 2019: East Asia
- 30 April 2022: South/West of South America
- 25 October 2022: South/West Asia, North/East Africa
- 29 March 2025: North Asia, Europe