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Last Solar Eclipse of 2018 to Occur today

Last Solar Eclipse of 2018 to Occur today

A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of the new moon when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth and its shadows fall upon Earth's surface.

On July 27, A blood-red moon dazzled star gazers across much of the world on Friday when it moved into Earth's shadow for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

A partial eclipse occurs when the moon covers only part of the sun, according to Space.

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). Although it has also been said that the solar eclipse of 11 August will be the last eclipse of the year 2018. Now, on Saturday (Aug. 11), another eclipse of the sun will take place, but it's quite likely that the prospective viewing audience will be considerably smaller. The Aug. 11 eclipse marks the end of this eclipse season after two previous eclipses during the month of July.




Eclipse glasses, a pinhole viewer or a telescope with a solar filter are the safest ways to watch the eclipse, NASA says.

Where can you see it?

The solar eclipse, also known as Surya Grahan in India, will be visible across major parts of the Northern Hemisphere, though India will not get to see the event. Never look at the solar eclipse directly as it could blind you or lead to severe eye damage. You'll have to wait until January 21, 2019 for the next eclipse.

In the partial solar eclipse of August 11, the Moon's shadow will only be able to block out one part of the Sun, which will create a partial eclipse. According to the map, the partial solar eclipse will be seen over the North Pole and eastern parts of Siberia.

As mentioned previously, an eclipse is a phenomenon in which the Earth, Sun and Moon are aligned in a manner, which results in one body being blocked from getting sunlight. If done otherwise, it will still remain a good idea not just limited to solar eclipse.


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