Solar Eclipse February 2018: Where to watch it from?

  • Solar Eclipse February 2018: Where to watch it from?

Solar Eclipse February 2018: Where to watch it from?

In partial solar eclipse, the Moon partly obstruct the Sun's disk casts only its penumbra on Earth.

Earlier this year, star-gazers were dazzled by the incredible Super Blood Blood Moon that graced our skies as a total lunar eclipsed combined with a blue moon and a blood moon for a rare celestial treat.

Unlike in a total solar eclipse, wherein the moon totally blocks our view of the sun and engulfing it in total darkness, the moon's penumbral shadow will only appear to take a bite from the sun during a partial eclipse. Eclipse magnitude is what fraction of the sun's diameter is covered by the moon. In fact, we're facing a bit of a solar-eclipse dry spell in the aftermath of the "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" last August. So, if you're really committed to 2018's first solar eclipse, you might even want to witness this phenomenon in its truest form.

NASA and the NOAA keep a track of solar events using many different telescopes which help generate geomagnetic weather forecasts. However, 2018 will not see any total solar eclipse events.

NASA also notes that one odd side effect of solar storms of this sort is a disruption in the internal compasses of marine mammals possibly leading to increases in the number of animals stranded on beaches.

A solar storm is on its way to the Earth, as charged particles from the Sun move towards the planet. Looking directly at the Sun can damage the eyes. The rays from the sun can be harmful.

People in Antarctica who put on special solar filters or "eclipse glasses" will notice the sun is shaped like a "very fat crescent", Wright said. Do-it-yourself pinhole projectors can also be used to safely watch an eclipse. The next partial solar eclipse will be seen this year near the southern coast of Australia on July 13.

The cosmic event was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which launched eight years ago to the day, on February 11, 2010. After flying by Venus a few times, the probe will sail into the corona - the sun's tenuous upper atmosphere. File photo of a total solar eclipse from August 2017. Those living in Argentina and Chile, and places in the southernmost regions of Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil will also get an opportunity to see the eclipse.

Coming to the timings of the solar eclipse, in Antarctica, the partial eclipse will occur between around 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. UTC or 9 a.m. local time.