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Solar eclipses

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Solar eclipses

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This is an article on how to travel to and observe the solar eclipse.


A solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon, in which the sun is obscured by the moon. There are several types of solar eclipse:

  • total in which the normally visible parts of the Sun are totally obscured, causing night-like darkness to fall for several minutes, and the conorna — the sun's normally invisible atmosphere — to be seen radiating around the black circle of the moon
  • 'annular in which the moon obscures the centre of the sun, causing a bright ring to be seen around the dark moon
  • hybrid in which at various points along the eclipse's path either a annular or total eclipse is seen
  • partial in which a fraction of the sun's surface is obscured by part of the moon

Total eclipses are the most dramatic solar eclipse, a very strange and beautiful spectacle. A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth once or twice most years but is only visible from a narrow ribbon of the surface — the eclipse's path — with a partial eclipse experienced in a wider area. Partial eclipses are the least dramatic: unless one is viewing the eclipse deliberately it often just appears to be a somewhat dim day, as if overcast.


Here is the list of several total, annular and hybrid solar eclipses in near future.

There are also NASA maps of all annular and total eclipes between 2001 and 2020 and 2021 and 2040.

Stay safe

Never look at the Sun with the unaided eye or with a telescope, not even for second and not even if only 1% of the Sun is visible. This may seriously damage your eye and even make you blind. Always use the dedicated filter, which you can buy in an astronomy shop or at least use a diskette or fully exposed and developed negative photographic film to protect your eye.

As the moon fully obscures the sun (only during total eclipses) it becomes safe to look directly and see the beautiful corona (Sun's atmosphere).

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