Nearly a year after the Great American Solar Eclipse held a show for millions of sky watchers in the US, the moon once again made its way to the sun for spectators in another Part of the World
The partial solar eclipse on Saturday (11 August) was the third and final eclipse of 2018, and it was from almost all of Asia, Northern Europe, Greenland and parts of Canada. In contrast to the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, when the moon completely blocked the sun, today the moon covered only part of the solar disk. [Amazing Solar Eclipse Pictures from Around the World]
In north-eastern Siberia astrophotographer Xavier Jubier observed the solar eclipse from a hotel roof in the city of Yakutsk in Russia. Jubier traveled solo over 6,800 kilometers from Paris, France, to see the eclipse, he told Space.com in an email. In Yakutsk the maximum solar eclipse took place at 19:14. Local time (1014 GMT), when the moon covered about 57 percent of the sun. The eclipse ended at 8 pm. Local time, about half an hour before sunset.
Jubier said he plans to return to Siberia on January 6, 2019 for the next partial eclipse. "My dad should join me, plus maybe a few more people, provided they're ready for a true and unique adventure," he said. You can see more of Jubier's photos of the solar eclipse of Saturday on his Facebook page.
From Stornoway, Ireland, astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca experienced a far less dramatic eclipse. There, the moon took a much smaller sweep out of the solar disk, covering only about 3-4 percent of it during its maximum at 9:40 local time (0840 GMT). The moon created "a small but suggestive dent on the visible surface of our star," Petricca Space.com said in an email. "Even if it's so small, watching such astronomical events is always fantastic."
Further north in Sweden, photographer Christofer Döss of Spaceflash News tweeted one of his photos of the solar eclipse in Petricca. "The moon has bitten a bit more into the sun up here in Sweden" Spaceflash News tweeted . In northern Sweden, where he captured the photo, the moon covered about 15 percent of the solar disk.
The moon took a bit more bite out of the sun here in Sweden. pic.twitter.com/aeG6jCjsVJ
– Spaceflash News (@spaceflashnews) August 11, 2018
China's CGTN Intelligence Service hosted a live webcast of the August 11 solar eclipse. You can see what it looked like in the following video.
The partial eclipse was the scene of some incredible sunsets in one part of China, where several news channels tweeted some of the coolest photos of celestial observers.
Stunning views of the solar eclipse in parts of China pic.twitter.com/0ihicJswLs
– CCTV (@CCTV) Aug 12, 2018
– China Plus News (@ChinaPlusNews) Aug 11, 2018
Stunning views the eclipse in parts of China. (Photo: VCG) pic.twitter.com/lp3Y8pQV04
– China Daily (@ChinaDailyUSA) August 11, 2018
Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. seen on the earth's surface. When the moon is perfectly aligned with the sun, it seems to cover the entire solar disk in a total solar eclipse. If it is only partially aligned, a partial or annular ("fire ring") solar eclipse may result. Since the orbit of the moon is inclined, it does not join the sun every month in the new moon phase.
After three consecutive partial solar eclipses in 2018 (the first two were on February 15 and July 13), the world will finally see another total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019. This total solar eclipse will be visible from Chile and Argentina, and much of South America will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse.
On the path of wholeness, the moon will completely cover the solar disk and cast a dark shadow on the earth. Outside the Path of Totality, Skywatchers in South America and part of the Pacific Ocean will see the moon taking a "bite" out of the sun, like this weekend. ( Remember: If you're looking at a partial eclipse, you'll need safety goggles to prevent permanent damage to your eyes.)
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