Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs Saturday! What to Expect

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When the Sun is veiled by the moon blocking sunlight from reaching the Earth, this is called solar eclipse - Surya Grahan.

A partial eclipse occurs when the moon covers only part of the sun, according to Space.

The partial solar eclipse which is occurring today will not be visible in India but you can still witness it through your naked eyes while sitting comfortably on your couch.

In addition to potentially being the most viewed eclipse, the August 11 eclipse will also be the last eclipse - lunar or solar - of 2018. The eclipse will begin from 1:32 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) and last till 5:02 PM IST.

In 2018, the first eclipse was the super blue blood moon on January 31 followed by a partial solar eclipse on the February 15.

You can see the viewing times for a few locations in Newfoundland and Quebec in the table below.

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The partial solar eclipse will last for over 3 hours and it will be visible from regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

Those who reside in areas where the eclipse will be visible, must be warned that they should not look at the Sun directly. There is a myth that even chopping vegetables, fruits or any other eatables while the solar eclipse lasts, can contaminate or poison the food.

Dr. Baghel emphasises that there is no need for anyone to alter any of our dietary habits or schedules, due to any celestial event, including partial or complete solar eclipses. "But the only reason behind these myths was ignorance and lack of knowledge", he said, adding, "During an eclipse, you can do all the activities and follow all your dietary habits that you do on a daily basis". A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the moon and the sun, causing the moon to be covered by Earth's shadow and fade away. After one of the longest Lunar Eclipse/ Chandra grahan on 27 July, India is all set to witness the next eclipse of the year on 11 August.

The shadow will move from Greenland, part of North America to northern Europe and northeastern Asia. Therefore, pinhole cameras and special solar eclipse glasses must be used to observe the phenomena.

According to the American Astrological Society (AAS), partial solar eclipses can be very risky to look at with the naked eye.