Last Solar Eclipse of 2018 to Occur today

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A partial solar eclipse shall take place on August 11, and will last for around 3 hours 30 minutes. Eastern Time and move over the northeastern edges of Canada, including parts of Nunavut, before reaching Greenland, Iceland and the northern parts of Europe, Russia and China. If the weather is good in the morning, when the eclipse starts (around 4:02 a.m. E.T.), then it may become the most viewed solar eclipse of the year.

This weekend's solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse of the sun, not the spectacular total solar eclipse that thrilled millions a year ago.

Thinking of consummating your love during the partial solar eclipse on August 11?

We call this an eclipse season. This is because the earth is not always at the same distance from the sun, and the moon is not always at the same distance from the earth.

What's the difference between a lunar and solar eclipse? The peak of the eclipse will be around 11:46am CEST, ending around 1:30pm CEST.

In case you haven't been keeping track, this will be the third eclipse in less than a month. It will also be a supermoon.

There are various interesting facts about the solar eclipse which you should know.

First solar eclipse of 2018 happened in the beginning of the year on February 15 while the second solar eclipse occurred on July 13. According to Space.com, because the moon is relatively smaller than Earth, the shadow is cast on a small area of the Earth's surface. Unfortunatly, the eclipse will not be visible anywhere in India.

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As mentioned previously, an eclipse is a phenomenon in which the Earth, Sun and Moon are aligned in a manner, which results in one body being blocked from getting sunlight. Following the blood moon on July 27, a partial solar eclipse will be witnessed today. As the moon passes in between the sun and the earth, the angle will be such that the centre of the shadow of the moon will not fall on the Earth so the effect won't be as dramatic.

At its height, this partial solar eclipse will be visible for the longest duration around the North Pole.

What time is the solar eclipse?

The eclipse, which will be visible from regions of the Northern hemisphere, will last three hours.

The partial solar eclipse will be visible between 9.02 am GMT and 12.32 pm GMT.

You can see the viewing times for a few locations in Newfoundland and Quebec in the table below. Just over a year ago, millions across North America were anxiously awaiting the "Great American Solar Eclipse" of August 21.

Special glasses to look at the partial solar eclipse.

According to the American Astrological Society (AAS), partial solar eclipses can be very unsafe to look at with the naked eye. Depending on where one lives, the sun will be partially hidden behind the moon. Skywatchers should use binoculars, a telescope or optical camera viewfinder to watch the eclipse.

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