Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs Saturday! What to Expect

Eclipse 2018 Partial solar eclipse of the Sun

Eclipse 2018 Partial solar eclipse of the Sun

In this particular solar eclipse, the Sun will reportedly be obscured by the Moon for a total period of three and a half hours on August 11, 2018. It will not be witnessed in Pakistan. The solar eclipse will take place on August 11, 2018 and will be visible to only some parts of the globe- countries that lie in the northern hemisphere of the globe.

The partial solar eclipse will start at 4:02 a.m. E.T. on August 11 and the moon will reach its maximum coverage of the sun at 5:46 a.m. E.T., according to NASA. It will be a partial eclipse and will also be witnessed in Pakistan.

A solar eclipse is basically the opposite of a lunar eclipse, like the one that happened on July 27. 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. There is a myth that even chopping vegetables, fruits or any other eatables while the solar eclipse lasts, can contaminate or poison the food.

Northern China and eastern Russian Federation will be able to view it in the afternoon local time. The Sun transmits too much of sunlight which can adversely affect the retina and cause a damage to eyes.

Eclipses happen approximately every 173 days during what is called an eclipse season.

Look up this weekend for annual meteor shower
The Perseid meteor shower is happening over the weekend, and at its peak viewers should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour. If you know your constellations, look for Perseus in the northern sky, soon after sunset this time of year.

Where can you see it?

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.

When the moon completely covers the sun, it creates a total solar eclipse, casting a shadow of the moon across the Earth's surface.

According to experts, the eclipse will be visible in various parts of Southern Australia such as Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart, as well as in Stewart Island on the far south of New Zealand.

The wide path of this eclipse means more people will be able to catch it, compared to the July 13 partial solar eclipse. Nasa advises to use eye protection like special eclipse glasses should be used to witness the solar eclipse.

It can also be seen over northern Canada, northeastern US, Greenland, Scandinavia, Siberia and some parts of central Asia, according to Nasa. Instead, they suggest the "Pinhole Projection" or the "Optical Protection" methods for viewing safety.

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