Information about the total solar eclipse
on Monday, 21st August 2017
(in America fully or partially visible; partially or not visible in Asia, Australia, Africa, and Europe)
**** IMPORTANT ****
While watching the solar eclipse it is necessary to wear adequate protection glasses, in order not to damage the eyes. Normal sun glasses are not sufficient!
During a solar eclipse, the Moon passes in front of the Sun and therefore covers the Sun, when observed from the Earth. This means that the Moon is positioned exactly between the Sun and the Earth and casts its shadow onto the Earth. This is only possible at the time of the new moon and when some other requirements are met. Depending on whether standing in the partial or core shadow of the Moon, we speak of a partial or total solar eclipse.
The special moment
Because the core shadow is only a few hundred miles wide, the full solar eclipse can only be seen at certain locations on the Earth, and of course only if the sky is not covered by clouds. In the regions of the partial shadow, the eclipse can only be seen partially.
When the complete darkness sets in, which only lasts a few minutes, the brightness of the Sun can decrease to almost as much as during a full moon night. The day will turn literally to night for a few moments, birds will become silent, flowers close their blossoms, and the stars and planets can become visible. No wonder there is such a fascination for people with this moment.
About the visibility
This total solar eclipse will be fully visible in parts of America, in other parts only partially. The maximum point of the solar eclipse will be visible in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA. In Western Europe, North and East Asia, North and West Africa, most parts of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, and Antarctica, it will be partially visible.
• Asia: partially visible
• Australia: not visible
• Middle East: not visible
• Near East: not visible
• Europe: partially visible
• Africa: partially visible
• America: visible total or partial
The exact moment of the total solar eclipse in Universal Time is:
Monday * 21st August 2017 * 06:25:32 pm (UTC)
The sequence of a solar eclipse always coincides with the new moon (06:30:11 pm UTC) and you can use the new moon calendar to find the respective local time of the solar eclipse for your location.
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