This weekend’s sky will be a summer attraction. We’ve seen the moon eclipse at the end of July, and now we’re going to watch a partial solar eclipse and the most active meteor shower of the year, the Perseids.
On Saturday morning, August 11, people will see how to Moon slowly “eats” the light from the sun.
Unfortunately for the other areas, the eclipse will only be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that Northern Europe, East Asia, and Russia will witness the event that will last about three hours and a half.
The event will start over the North Atlantic at 8.02am Universal Time, reaching the maximum eclipse at 9.46am UT, and it will end by 11.30am UT.
On 21 August, the USA witnessed the total eclipse of the Sun, but this year it will only be partial, as the Moon won’t completely cover the face of the Sun. It will look like a portion of the sun disappears behind a black disc (the Moon) – and it will look as if the moon took a bite from the sun.
“In the Path of the Moon’s Shadow”
The eclipse will start over Greenland, and the shadow of the Moon will reach Iceland and the northern part of Scandinavia. Then, the shadow will start extending over the North Pole, “visiting” Russia, and rush towards Asia, to offer a spectacle to people in China, Mongolia and North and South Korea.
NASA explained that a solar eclipse is rare because it is limited by geographical areas:
“The Moon’s shadow on the Earth isn’t very big, so only a small portion of places on Earth will see it. You have to be on the sunny side of the planet when it happens. You also have to be in the path of the Moon’s shadow. On average, the same spot on Earth only gets to see a solar eclipse for a few minutes about every 375 years.”
The Moon and the Sun will separate by 11.30am UT in Japan, China, Mongolia and North and South Korea – because it will be nighttime by then.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.