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Partial Solar Eclipse 2018: Will the phenomenon visible from India? All you need to know


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A partial solar eclipse will take place on August 11 and will be visible from the Northern hemisphere lasting for nearly 3 hours and 30 minutes. The celestial phenomenon is the third in 2018, coming two weeks after a total lunar eclipse on July 27 and four weeks after partial solar eclipse on July 13. The eclipse will be visible across major parts of the Northern Hemisphere, though it will not be visible from India. According to Indian Standard Time (IST), the partial solar eclipse will be visible from 1:32 pm to 5:02 pm.

What is a solar eclipse?
An eclipse is a phenomenon in which the Earth, Sun, and the Moon are aligned in a straight line, which results in one body being blocked from getting sunlight. In a solar eclipse, the moon blocks the Sun’s path and stops the sunlight from reaching the Earth. During a total solar eclipse, it turns dark during the day and temperature falls.

During the partial solar eclipse that occurs on August 11, the Moon’s shadow will fall only on one part of the Sun, creating a partial eclipse. The Sun will appear as a hollow disk in phases or a crescent, depending on the geographical location.

Will the eclipse visible from India?
This partial solar eclipse will be directly visible to parts of the Northern Hemisphere, though this does not include India. The eclipse will be visible from the Northern and Eastern Europe, Northern parts of North America and some parts of Northern and Western Asia.

Next partial solar eclipse?
The next partial solar eclipse will occur on January 5, 2019.

Common myths and superstitions related to eclipse in India

  • As the Sun is not visible clearly leading to an increase in bacteria and germs, people stop cooking, eating and drinking.
  • Eclipses are considered harmful for pregnant women and unborn babies and hence they are asked to not step out of the home.

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