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Last solar eclipse of 2018 to occur today

Last solar eclipse of 2018 to occur today

Southern Australia saw a partial solar eclipse on July 13, and Antarctica and South America witnessed one on February 15 of this year.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the planet.

A solar eclipse is a celestial phenomenon that occurs when the moon, the sun and the Earth are aligned in a straight line.

The last solar eclipse of the year 2018 will occur today (Saturday).

This weekend's solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse of the sun, not the spectacular total solar eclipse that thrilled millions previous year.

India to witness a partial Surya Grahan on 11 August 2018.

How is partial solar eclipse different from total solar eclipse?

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

The eclipse with be visible across the northern hemisphere, with the best view stretching over Siberia and far-northeastern Canada.

Just over a year ago, millions across North America were anxiously awaiting the "Great American Solar Eclipse" of August 21.

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Around 35 percent of all solar eclipses are partial solar eclipses, but they occur more often than total or annular solar eclipses. Over 100 minutes long, it was the longest eclipse of the century. According to Space.com, because the moon is relatively smaller than Earth, the shadow is cast on a small area of the Earth's surface.

What time is the solar eclipse?

According to experts, homemade glasses or normal sunglasses are not safe to watch the partial eclipse.

One of the most commonly held solar eclipse related myth is that cooking or consuming food during the duration of the solar eclipse may be harmful, as it can turn the food poisonous.

The wide path of this eclipse means more people will be able to catch it, compared to the July 13 partial solar eclipse.

So, unlike past year, no place on Earth will see the glorious spectacle of a total solar eclipse.

A partial solar eclipse visible to major parts of the northern hemisphere will start in the early hours of August 11, Greenwich Mean Time, according to U.S. space agency Nasa.

"Viewers shouldn't look skyward at the eclipse without protective glasses", said Shi Zhicheng, a member of the Chinese Astronomical Society.

The AAS recommends getting special-purpose sun filtering glasses and not looking at the sun through binoculars, a camera lens or a telescope even with the eclipse glasses on because of the strength of the sun's light.