Eclipse 2018: When is the August partial solar eclipse? Where will the eclipse be visible?

Eclipse 2018: When is the August partial solar eclipse? Where will the eclipse be visible? (Source express.co.uk)

Sky-watchers are being treated to the third eclipse of the summer later this August, having already witnessed a partial solar eclipse on Friday, July 13 and a total lunar eclipse on the night of Friday, July 27. The upcoming partial solar eclipse will take place just 15 days after the breathtaking Blood Moon, and will peak in the morning hours of Saturday, August 11. During the eclipse, the so-called New Moon will partially pass in front of the Sun, obscuring as much as 65 percent of the star in certain parts of the world. Unfortunately, not everyone around the globe gets to witness an eclipse, whether it be partial or total, lunar or solar. The Moon’s shadow cast by the Sun over the Earth is not very big which means only a select number of places get to see a solar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the shadow cast by Earth on the Moon is much bigger and lunar eclipses can be seen from more locations at the same time. So when is the August partial solar eclipse and who can see it this month? The solar eclipse will feature on the dayside of Earth in the upper reaches of the Northern Hemisphere, which might make it a tough spot for many stargazers closer to the equator. The eclipse is expected to start 8.02am Universal Time (4.02am EST) before peaking at 6.46am EST and ending around 7.30am EST. The eclipse will pass over swathes of North and East Asia, brushing against Scandinavia in Europe, Iceland, Greenland and the icy regions of Canada around Nunavut and the Northwest Passage.  For better views of the eclipse from Europe you would have to find yourself in the Northern Ruija Region of Norway, also known as Finnmark, will see up to 20 percent of eclipse coverage. The International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Solar Eclipses said in a statement: “The August 11, 2018, partial solar eclipse will be visible from the northernmost parts of the world.

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