Basic Astronomy

Annular Solar Eclipse on 26th February 2017

26th February 2017 Solar eclipse animation

(Animation of the Solar eclipse. Image credit NASA.)

On 26th February 2017, a annular solar eclipse took place.

The partial solar eclipse was visible from Africa and Indian ocean. The annular eclipse was visible from Atlantic, central Africa and Madagascar.

The eclipse started at 06:14 UTC and ended at 12:01 UTC.

The next solar eclipse will occur on 21st August 2017.

A solar eclipse take place when Moon passes between Sun and Earth and shadow of moon totally or partially obscures Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse take place when apparent diameter of the Moon is larger than apparent diameter of the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness for few moments. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers the central part of the Sun, but the outer edge of the Sun is not covered and looks like an annulus around the Moon or ring.




EventUTC Time
First location to see the partial eclipse begin1st September, 06:14 UTC
First location to see the full eclipse begin1st September, 07:17 UTC
Maximum eclipse1st September, 09:01 UTC
Last location to see the full eclipse end1st September, 10:55 UTC
Last location to see the partial eclipse end1st September, 12:01 UTC

How to watch solar eclipse?

You need to take some precautions to watch solar eclipse, otherwise you may risk your eyes. You should never try to look directly towards Sun during eclipse with the naked eye or with any optical device, such as binoculars or a telescope.

Do not use sunglasses, smoked glass, exposed color film, X-ray films, photographic neutral density filters or polaroid filters. They are NOT safe for your eyes.

(16th June 2013)








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