(ORDO NEWS) — A partial solar eclipse will be visible on today in the Northern Hemisphere. Amateur astronomers have been warned to be careful observing this rare phenomenon.
The eclipse will begin at 08:58 GMT in Iceland and end off the coast of India at 13:02 GMT, according to the Paris Observatory of the IMCCE Institute. The eclipse will cross Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting its shadow on our planet.
During a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely covers the Sun, momentarily plunging part of the Earth into darkness.
However, today eclipse will be partial. According to Florent Delefly, an astronomer at the Paris Observatory, the Moon will cover a maximum of 82% of the Sun over Kazakhstan, but this will not be enough for darkness to fall.
“For us to see darkness in the sky, the sun must be at least 95% obscured,” Delefly told AFP.
According to experts, those planning to watch the eclipse should not look directly at the Sun, even through clouds, to avoid damaging their eyes. Instead, goggles should be worn.
“We will see that a small piece of the Sun is missing. It won’t be very impressive, but it’s always an event for amateur astronomers. It will be possible to take beautiful photos,” Delefly said.
This will be the 16th partial solar eclipse this century and the second this year.
According to NASA, the next total solar eclipse will occur in North America on April 8, 2024.
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