August 11: The Third, Final and Best Solar Eclipse of 2018

The last of the three eclipses is finally here and will take place on August 11, 2018. The partial solar eclipse of August 11 will be the third eclipse in a span of 30 days. The first of the three eclipses was a partial solar eclipse on July 13. The second the longest total lunar eclipse of the century on July 27 and the third and the last will be a partial solar eclipse on August 11.

Timings of the Eclipse:

The eclipse will last for 3 hours 30 minutes. It will begin at 8:02 GMT(13:32 IST) and will be visible till 11:32 GMT (15:02 IST). The greatest eclipse will be visible at 9:47:28 GMT  in East Siberian Sea, near the Wrangel Island.

Eclipse Locations:

Eclipse Map (Image: Wikipedia)

The eclipse can be observed in Canada, Greenland, Scotland, most of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), Estonia, Latvia, practically throughout Russia (except for places southwest of the line roughly passing through Pskov, Moscow and Penza, and the most eastern places of the Far East), in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China. During the sunset, the eclipse can be observed in North and South Korea. The Indians, who enjoyed the total lunar eclipse of July 27 won't be able to see the partial solar eclipse.

Is it safe to watch?

People cannot watch the partial solar eclipse with their bare eyes. There are specific glasses available in the market which people can purchase to experience the natural phenomenon without damaging their eyes. The Partial solar eclipse requires the same precautions as a total solar eclipse. Pinhole cameras, special solar eclipse protection glasses are recommended to avoid any damage to the eyes.


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