Basic Astronomy

Annular solar eclipse on 29 Apr 2014

The first solar eclipse of 2014 will take place on 29th April 2014.

This eclipse will be mainly visible from southern hemisphere. The annular solar eclipse will be visible from part of Antarctica. The partial solar eclipse will be visible from Antarctica and Australia.

29 Apr 2014 Solar eclipse

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

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.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are oriented exactly in a line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. In this case the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the dark disk of the Moon. A partial eclipse take place when the Sun, Moon and Earth are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of Earth outside of the track of an annular or total eclipse.


All timings in the following table is in UTC.
(P1) Partial begin 3:52:38
(U1) Total begin 5:47:50
Greatest eclipse 6:04:33
(U4) Total end 6:09:20
(P4) Partial end 8:14:28

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 film, photographic neutral density filters or polaroid filters. They are NOT safe for your eyes.

(16th June 2013)

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