Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Partial solar eclipse set to happen on August 11

Eclipse 2018 Total solar eclipse over the US Solar eclipse will be visible in southern China on Saturday
Theresa Hayes | 11 August, 2018, 19:19

When the Sun is veiled by the moon blocking sunlight from reaching the Earth, this is called solar eclipse - Surya Grahan.

The partial eclipse will be a small eclipse as the moon will cover only the edge of the sun, with much of the star still visible.

But so central was the July 27 lunar eclipse, with the moon passing nearly directly through the middle of Earth's shadow, that it allowed for not just one, but two partial solar eclipses: one that occurred two weeks before the lunar eclipse, and another on august 11 (two weeks afterward). In 2018 so far there have been three partial solar eclipses and skywatchers have got an opportunity to watch it and get a lifetime experience. Solar eclipse will start at 01:02 pm PST. The peak of the eclipse will be around 11:46am CEST, ending around 1:30pm CEST.

You can see the viewing times for a few locations in Newfoundland and Quebec in the table below.

There are various interesting facts about the solar eclipse which you should know.

Exclusively visible in the Northern Hemisphere - the Sun appeared to be shadowed by the Moon by up to 20 percent depending on your position. Just over a year ago, millions across North America were anxiously awaiting the "Great American Solar Eclipse" of August 21.

A solar eclipse is basically the opposite of a lunar eclipse, like the one that happened on July 27. You'll have to wait until January 21, 2019 for the next eclipse. The moon's shadow travels above the earth's surface, and the sun's light (as seen from earth) is blocked out.

What time is the solar eclipse?

If one want's to capture the event on camera, either for photo's or video's, they should add a special solar filter for protection. According to GSFC map, partial solar eclipse 2018 will be seen over North Pole and eastern parts of Siberia. Addressing this particular belief of poisonous food during a solar eclipse, NASA had said a year ago, "Related to the false idea of harmful solar rays is that during a total solar eclipse, some kind of radiation is produced that will harm your food". During a partial solar eclipse, only a portion of the sun is covered by the moon's shadow, making it just as bright as the sun on a typical day.