(ORDO NEWS) — On April 30, a partial solar eclipse will cover part of Antarctica, the southern tip of South America, the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
The eclipse will begin at 16:30 local time, allowing observers to see a special sunset eclipse. However, the sun will set before the eclipse reaches its maximum phase.
An eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and, in this case, partially obscures the Sun from viewers on Earth. During a partial solar eclipse this month, the Moon will obscure a maximum of 54 percent of the Sun.
Solar eclipses are possible due to the coincidence of the Moon, Earth and Sun.
A partial solar eclipse occurs when only the penumbra is visible to viewers. Therefore, during an eclipse, part of the Sun always remains in view.
Viewers in the path of the eclipse will see the Moon block out a maximum of 54 percent of the Sun. However, those who are outside will be able to see a small part of the sun hidden by the moon. Therefore, the closer you are to the path of the eclipse, the greater the solar eclipse.
The eclipse will reach its maximum phase after sunset, at 20:41 local time, when the axis of the Moon’s shadow cone passes closest to the center of the Earth.
The April 30 eclipse will occur just four days before the Moon reaches its apogee, the farthest point from Earth. This will be the first of two partial solar eclipses in 2022.
The second will occur on October 25, and we will see a total solar eclipse only in 2023. However, a total lunar eclipse will follow this month’s partial solar eclipse – two weeks later, on May 16th.
We remind you that when observing a solar eclipse, people should always use safety glasses. Use of unsuitable equipment (or improper use of equipment) can cause retinal burns, resulting in irreparable damage to the eyes.
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