Partial Solar Eclipse Visible on Friday

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www.chosun.com writes that,

Koreans will have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse on Friday evening. The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute said Sunday that the eclipse will begin at 7:18 p.m. as the moon blocks a lower right portion of the sun. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and sun, totally or partially blocking the earth’s view of the sun.

In the upcoming eclipse, the sun will be totally blocked when viewed from an area stretching from the northeastern part of North America to Greenland, the North Pole, Russia, Mongolia and China, but it will be seen as partially blocked from Korea, which is not included in the eclipse belt.

The eclipse will reach its maximum at 7:37 p.m., three minutes before the sun sets, with some 27 percent of the sun blocked. But because at that time the blocked portion will likely be below the horizon, the eclipse will likely be seen for just 10 minutes from 7:18 p.m. The next partial solar eclipse will occur on July 22 next year, when some 80 percent of the sun is expected to be blocked.

The KASI said Tuesday’s eclipse can be safely observed with just dark sunglasses or through cellophane paper because the sun greatly loses its brightness right before it sets. “One can observe the phenomenon from an open mountain with a clear view of the west or from the seashore looking in the direction where the sun goes down,” institute said.

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