Solar eclipse 2018: Even though 2018 will not witness any total solar eclipse events, there is a partial Solar Eclipse taking place today, February 15, 2018. This will be the first celestial event of this kind of 2018 and will occur after the rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’. Days after India, along with the rest of the world, witnessed a lunar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse is set to occur on February 15. Solar eclipse 2018 will only be visible in certain parts of the Southern Hemisphere. People can watch solar eclipse 2018 from Antarctica, southern parts of the Atlantic ocean and southern South America. A solar eclipse is when the moon comes in the orbit between the Sun and the Earth and appears to cast a shadow on the Sun.
However, in a partial solar eclipse, the Earth and Sun are not exactly lined up, but some part of the moon does cast a shadow on the sun’s surface. On the other hand, in a total solar eclipse, the moon blocks the sunlight from reaching planet Earth and it goes dark for the minute or so when this phenomenon takes place. Here is all you need to know about solar eclipse 2018:
When is Solar eclipse 2018?
The solar eclipse 2018 will take place on February 15 i.e. one day after the valentine’s day. The February 15 partial solar eclipse can be completely witnessed from Antarctica, east of Antarctic Peninsula, which is home to most research bases.
What are solar eclipse 2018 timings in India?
As unfortunate as it may sound, solar eclipse 2018 will not be visible in India. The countries from where the partial solar eclipse can be seen are Argentina and Chile, along with the southernmost parts of Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil. According to the reports, this partial solar eclipse will be visible for close to 2 hours, with the event expected to start at 5.43 pm local time in the Antarctic peninsula, and end by 7.34 pm.
Precautions to take while watching solar eclipse 2018?
There are certain precautions that have to be taken while watching solar eclipse 2018 as these phenomena direct undue radiation toward the earth. Star-gazers should choose a pinhole camera to catch this event, while those capturing images and video must consider solar filters for their devices.
Apart from this, there will be two more solar eclipses in 2018 on July 13 and August 11 respectively. On July 13, the Sun would appear crescent-shaped over Australia and Antarctica, while the August 11 will play over the North Pole, northern Europe, and parts of northern and eastern Asia.