The April 30 partial solar eclipse will begin at midnight on April 30-May 1 and will be visible in several parts of the world.
On April 30, Earth will see its first eclipse of the year, only days after the globe watched photographs of an eclipse on Mars. A solar eclipse occurs when the new Moon passes in front of the Sun, obstructing the Sun’s light. Because the Moon will only obscure a fraction of sunlight, the year’s first eclipse will be partial.
According to Nasa, the Moon will obscure 64% of the Sun’s disc as seen from Earth during the April 30 eclipse.
The eclipse will be partial because the Moon, Sun, and Earth will not be aligned in a perfectly straight line. The Moon will only cast the penumbra, which is the outer half of its shadow.
WHAT IS A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
According to Nasa, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, producing a shadow on the Earth and obscuring the Sun’s light in specific locations.
The Moon does not entirely cover the Sun during a partial eclipse, giving it a crescent shape as if someone had taken a bite.
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE?
The partial solar eclipse on April 30 will begin at midnight on April 30-May 1. The partial eclipse will start at 12:15 a.m. IST and terminate at 4:07 a.m. IST, according to the MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata.
WHERE CAN YOU SEE THE PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE?
Chile, Argentina, most of Uruguay, western Paraguay, southern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, and a tiny region of southwestern Brazil will see the celestial event.
It will also be seen in portions of Antarctica’s northwestern coast, in the Atlantic Ocean close off South America’s southeastern coast, including the Falkland Islands, and most of the South Pacific Ocean and the Southern Ocean.
IS IT GOING TO BE SEEN IN INDIA?
No, India will not be able to see the first partial eclipse of 2022.
Published By: Sachin Sonawane