The only total solar eclipse of 2021 will take place this WEEK – but the full event will only be visible from Antarctica, NASA says 

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  • A total solar eclipse occurs at approximately 07:33 GMT. but will reach its greatest extent
  • However, it will only be visible to visitors near the coast of the Ronne Ice Shelf.
  • A partial solar eclipse, meanwhile, is affecting Australia, Chile and NZ. will beautify the areas of
  • The next total solar eclipse will occur in the US on April 8, 2024

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This year’s only total solar eclipse will happen this week, NASA said, but there’s a way for you to enjoy it—the entire event will only be visible from Antarctica.

The eclipse on Saturday, December 4, will reach its greatest extent at approximately 07:33 GMT for spectators on the edge of Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf.

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While it may be largely missed, viewers elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere – including parts of Australia, Chile and New Zealand – will see a partial eclipse.

The next total solar eclipse won’t happen until April 8, 2024, but unlike this week’s event, it will be widely visible in parts of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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Meanwhile, in Europe, a total solar eclipse is unlikely this century.

This year’s only total solar eclipse will happen this week, NASA said, but there’s a way for you to enjoy it—the entire event will only be visible from Antarctica.

The eclipse on Saturday, December 4, will reach its greatest extent at approximately 07:33 GMT for spectators on the edge of Antarctica's Ronne Ice Shelf.

The eclipse on Saturday, December 4, will reach its greatest extent at approximately 07:33 GMT for spectators on the edge of Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf.

safely watching a solar eclipse

It is not safe to look directly at the Sun, even if the Sun is partially or mostly obscured.

When viewing a partial solar eclipse, if you want to face the sun, you should wear sun darshan or eclipse glasses during the entire eclipse.

Solar eclipse or eclipse glasses are not regular sunglasses.

Regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the sun.

If you are in the path of a total solar eclipse, you can take off your sun darshan or eclipse glasses only when the moon completely blocks the sun.

If you don’t have sun glasses or eclipse glasses, you can use an alternative indirect method, such as a pinhole projector,

Pinhole projectors should not be used to view the Sun directly, but to project sunlight onto the surface.

Source: NASA

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A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. There are different types depending on how obscure the Sun appears to an onlooker at a given location.

For a total solar eclipse—when the Sun is temporarily completely obscured by the Moon for people at the very center of the lunar shadow—the three celestial bodies must be in a straight line.

Viewers see the sky become very dark, as in dawn or dusk, while it may also be possible to see the Sun’s corona, or the outer atmosphere around the Moon.

The corona is usually covered by the bright face of the Sun.

A similar phenomenon, an annual solar eclipse, occurs when the Moon appears slightly smaller than the Sun, fails to block it completely and leaves a so-called ‘annular ring’ around it at the time of the greatest eclipse. .

The next annular eclipse is expected to cross North American on October 14, 2023.

While the weekend’s total solar eclipse will be almost completely unobservable, many places in the Southern Hemisphere will still get a treat, NASA explained.

“In some places, where viewers will not get to see a total solar eclipse, they will instead experience a partial solar eclipse,” he said. blog post,

This occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are not in exactly one line. A black shadow will be visible on only a part of the Sun’s surface.

‘Viewers will see a partial solar eclipse on December 4 in Saint Helena, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, South Georgia and parts of the Sandwich Islands, Crozet Islands, Falkland Islands, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.’

While Saturday's eclipse may be largely missed in Antarctica (pictured), viewers elsewhere in the hemisphere, including parts of Australia, Chile and New Zealand, will see a partial eclipse

While Saturday’s eclipse may be largely missed in Antarctica (pictured), viewers elsewhere in the hemisphere, including parts of Australia, Chile and New Zealand, will see a partial eclipse

NASA warns that – for many of these locations – a partial eclipse will occur at either sunrise or sunset.

Accordingly, viewers wishing to view the event must have a clear view of the horizon to be able to actually see the eclipse.

Weather permitting, NASA plans to live stream a view of the total solar eclipse as seen from Antarctica’s Union Glacier, both days youtube And this NASA website,

The stream — provided by JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition — will begin at 1:30 a.m. EST (6:30 a.m. GMT) on December 4 and last until 3:37 a.m. EST (8:37 a.m. GMT).

NASA said totality will begin at 2:44 a.m. EST (7:44 a.m. GMT).

When will the next solar eclipse occur?

The next US solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024, moving from Texas to Maine, with the Canadian city of Montreal being able to see totality.

The next total solar eclipse after that will occur on August 12, 2026 and will be seen from the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and northeastern Portugal.

Graphic showing the worldwide solar eclipses between 2018 and 2040.  The next US solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024, moving from Texas to Maine, with the Canadian city of Montreal being able to see totality.  Well

Graphic showing the worldwide solar eclipses between 2018 and 2040. The next US solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024, moving from Texas to Maine, with the Canadian city of Montreal being able to see totality. Well

A large number of people in China, northern Japan and Korea will witness a total solar eclipse on September 2, 2035.

Between 2023 and 2038, the greatest number of total solar eclipses will occur in Australia: between April 20, 2023 and December 26, 2038, five solar eclipses will be visible from the continent.

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