The very first partial eclipse of this year was visible today throughout areas of the Southern Hemisphere.
This year’s only other total partial solar eclipse will take place on April 30th in the Pacific and Atlantic seas, and it will cover portions of South America and Antarctica. It started around 2:45 pm EDT in the extreme southeastern Pacific near the Antarctic coast and lasted for about an hour. Even though the sun was still partly covered when it set for many viewers, the eclipse ended at 6:37 p.m. EDT over the southern Atlantic Ocean, according to TimeandDate.com.
Whenever the moon moves between the Earth and the sun, a solar eclipse ensues. Based on the position of the observer, today’s solar eclipse was either a total eclipse or a partial eclipse. As of 4:41 p.m. EDT (2041 GMT), the moon obstructed nearly 64 percent of the sun’s disk for watchers in southern South America, where the eclipse was at its peak.
Skywatchers may be disappointed to learn that today’s eclipse took occurred over mostly uninhabited areas in the southeast Pacific Ocean and Antarctica, along with a number of South American nations. Online feeds which provided images from Santiago, Chile, and sections of Argentina, as well as the Tierra del Fuego region of Argentina’s Cerro Shenolsh, allowed people beyond the path of totality to observe the event live.
As luck would have it, the second new moon of the April, dubbed the Black Moon, rose in opposition to today’s eclipse. This happens just once a month when the Earth-facing side is completely obscured by the Moon’s darkening atmosphere. In contrast, the month of April began with a new moon back on the first of April and finished with a second one on April 30.
The next eclipse
For watchers in Europe, west Asia, as well as northeast Africa, a partial sun eclipse will actually occur on Oct. 25. After then, it will be 2023 before we witness another total solar eclipse. On the other hand, a complete lunar eclipse will commence on May 15th.
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