A solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the planet. The moon will cover approximately 73% of the sun when the eclipse is at its peak, according to NASA.
The solar eclipse on Saturday (August 11) will be the only partial one in 2018.
The August 11 partial eclipse marks the end of the eclipse season, the next eclipse will not be until January 21, 2019 which is also a supermoon.
Where can you see it?The eclipse could be seen at selected places in North and East Asia, Scandinavia in Europe, Iceland, Greenland and the icy regions of Canada around Nunavut and the Northwest Passage. Staring directly at the sun can damage your eyesight.
Internal Medicine specialist Dr. Paritosh Baghel of SL Raheja Hospital in Mumbai is also in the favour of complete renouncement of such superstitions, related to celestial events, especially eclipses. The Lunar Eclipse 2018 began at 1 AM and continued for 1 hour 43 minutes, making it the longest total lunar eclipse of this century (2001 AD to 2100 AD), the Ministry of Earth Science had said.
What time is the solar eclipse?
Although this will be a partial solar eclipse/ Surya Grahan for the year 2018 but will not be visible in India on 11 August. This is because the earth is not always at the same distance from the sun, and the moon is not always at the same distance from the earth. Many people belive that this hour of Solar eclipse should be utilized to medidate. And flanking that lunar eclipse (two weeks before, and now two weeks after) are two partial eclipses of the sun.
Stargazers will need special eclipse glasses to get the best viewing experience and to protect your eyes.
So, unlike previous year, no place on Earth will see the glorious spectacle of a total solar eclipse.
The AAS recommends getting special-purpose sun filtering glasses and not looking at the sun through binoculars, a camera lens or a telescope even with the eclipse glasses on because of the strength of the sun's light.