Partial Solar Eclipse Darkens Sky On Sunday

Posted: Sep 13 2015, 9:12pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Partial Solar Eclipse Darkens the Skies
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The solar eclipse was seen throughout South Africa, Antarctica and the Indian Ocean.

A partial solar eclipse happened today. Unfortunately, not the whole world was able to catch the glimpse of the solar eclipse on Sunday (September 13). It was only visible in the regions of South Africa, Antarctica and the Indian Ocean.

This was the second solar eclipse of the year. The first was a total solar eclipse took place on March 20 and was seen in many parts of the world including Europe, Northern and Eastern Asia and West Africa.

A solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon which occurs when the moon, earth and sun are perfectly aligned or when the moon comes in the middle of earth and the sun and blocks the view of the celestial object from the surface of the earth. When the moon blocks out the entire solar disk, the result is a total solar eclipse. When it covers a small portion of the sun, it’s a partial solar eclipse.

The best view of this partial solar eclipse from a populated area is Cape Town, a port city on South Africa’s Southwest Coast, where the moon will cover a maximum 30 percent of the sun. The eclipse began 6:49 a.m. local time, reached to its peak on 7:43 a.m. and ended 8:50 a.m.

Since it is harmful to look at the eclipse directly, people use specifically designed eyewear for viewing the sun. Any other ordinary glasses cannot provide adequate protection from the sun. Seeing the solar eclipse directly without protection can seriously damage your eyes and may lead to permanent blindness.

People throughout South Africa as well as some areas of Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe were fortunate enough to view the last solar eclipse of the year. Now, this event will not take place again until March 2016.

In Antarctica, the moon blotted out 79 percent of the sun’s diameter, which was the maximum from any place of the world.

Another spectacular event is going to happen on September 27 when there is a total lunar eclipse and the moon will look larger and brighter than usual.

Source: CBS News

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