A “mini” eclipse will eclipse the sun THIS week – as seen live

THE first solar eclipse of 2022 is coming this week.

A partial solar eclipse will be visible on April 30 over parts of Antarctica, South America, and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

A partial sunrise solar eclipse to the left of the United States Capitol Building in June 2021


A partial sunrise solar eclipse to the left of the United States Capitol Building in June 2021Credit: EPA

And while skywatchers in the UK and US can’t see it in person, they can watch a live stream of the rare sky event.

Solar eclipses occur when the sun, moon and earth align and cast a shadow on earth.

A partial solar eclipse occurs when part of the sun is obscured, plunging part of it into darkness as seen from Earth.

At its peak, Saturday’s eclipse will eclipse approximately 65 percent of the sun from the moon. according to NASA.

Its visibility – and how much is covered by the sun – depends on where you’re viewing it from.

Partial eclipses last longer than total eclipses, the next of which will not occur until April 2023.

Corresponding timeanddate.comThis week’s partial eclipse will be visible for the first time at 2:45 p.m. EST (7:45 p.m. UK time).

It will peak a few hours later before ending at 6:37pm EST (11:37pm UK time).

The eclipse coincides with the second new moon in April, also called a Black moon.

You can see it in a live stream starting on the YouTube channel Gyaan ki gareebi Live when the eclipse begins.

Solar eclipses are relatively rare, between two and five occur per year. Each is only visible in a limited area.

On October 25 another partial solar eclipse will be visible from Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East and West Asia. according to NASA.

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is a stunning celestial event where the sun is eclipsed by the moon and casts a shadow on earth.

This partial or total blockage occurs when the sun, moon, and earth are in alignment.

When the moon comes between earth and sun during a new moon phaseit blocks the light and forms a shadow all over the world.

What types of solar eclipses are there?

There are four types of solar eclipses.

Total Solar Eclipse

This occurs when the orbital planes align and the moon appears to block the sun’s light completely.

The Sun is exactly 400 times larger than the Moon, but also 400 times farther from Earth.

These are the perfect ratios for the moon to completely eclipse the sun, provided the orientation on the earth’s surface is just right.

When the total solar eclipse occurs – when the sun is completely covered – the “corona,” which is the sun’s outer atmosphere, is revealed.

Partial Solar Eclipse

This happens when part of the sun is always in view, creating a “penumbra” or partial shadow.

A partial eclipse means the center of the moon’s shadow misses Earth, but still creates a spectacular effect for skygazers.

The amount of sun obscured by the moon depends on where the person viewing the event is located.

This can range from a relatively small, bite-sized piece that appears to the sun and takes on a slender crescent shape.

Annular solar eclipse

Annular solar eclipses are rare and considered a kind of variant of a partial solar eclipse.

An annular solar eclipse appears to be similar to a total solar eclipse in that the moon appears to pass centrally over the sun, creating a “false twilight.”

The event occurs when the three objects are not quite fully aligned with the moon, which is significantly smaller than the sun, and the sun is not completely covered.

When explains: “During such an eclipse, the antumbra, a theoretical continuation of the umbra, reaches the ground, and anyone in it can look up on either side of the umbra and see a ring, or “ring of fire“around the moon.

“A good analogy is to put a penny on top of a nickel, where the penny is the moon and the nickel is the sun.”

Hybrid eclipses

These are also known as annular total (“AT”) eclipses.

They occur when the moon is close to its limit for the umbra to reach the earth.

An AT eclipse usually begins as an annular eclipse, as the apex of the umbra falls just before contact with Earth; then it becomes total because the curvature of the planet reaches up and intersects the shadow apex near the middle of the path, then eventually it returns to annular at the end of the path.

Of all solar eclipses, about 28 percent are total; 35 percent are partial; 32 percent annular and only five percent are hybrids.

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How often are solar eclipses?

Eclipses do not occur on every new moon.

The frequency of a solar eclipse varies, but typically there are between two and five each year.

On average, a total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about every 18 months.

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