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What Is a Partial Solar Eclipse?

What Is a Partial Solar Eclipse?

Those to the north and south of the path of totality will see partial eclipses. For people in portions of 14 states from the West Coast to the East Coast, there will be an opportunity to see a rare total solar eclipse. The eclipse enters the U.S. from Lincoln City, Oregon, at 9.05am (EST) as a partial solar eclipse, becoming a total eclipse at 10.16am (EST), and will leave United States shores at at 2.44pm (EST) near Columbia, South Carolina.

The next total solar eclipse in the USA will be in 2024.

But for those who are not within the path of totality, which extends from OR to SC, the eclipse will be partial, meaning you'll still be exposed to sunlight and need to take protective measures. The next time people in the US get those bragging rights will be in January 2316, according to the American space agency.

While trees regularly project the image of the sun onto the ground, it's harder to notice this when the eclipse isn't taking place since all of the tiny images of perfectly rounded suns blend together, according to researchers from the University of IL.

You don't actually need special glasses to view the eclipse, you just need them to look directly at the sun.

Because the Moon was near its farthest point from Earth at that time in its orbit, it blocked about 94 percent of the Sun's light.




A partial eclipse occurs when the moon passes nearly directly between the sun and the Earth. The students we spoke with were excited to get a peek at the eclipse.

A partial eclipse begins on the northwest coast of the United States shortly after 9 am (1600 GMT).

If you have absolutely no choice but to miss the eclipse or if weather is uncooperative where you are, don't fret too badly. There's the beginning, when the moon starts to block the sun, followed by the maximum eclipse, when the moon is covering the largest area of the sun that it will block during that particular eclipse.

Understanding more about how the Sun works, and how solar flares emerge, can help protect astronauts in space as well as electrical grids on Earth.

Experts warn that viewers should use caution when viewing the eclipse, since staring directly at the sun can cause severe eye damage.