Basic Astronomy

Solar eclipse

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 Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun's light. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometres wide.

Solar Eclipse

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.

(2nd Aug 2017)

Related stories

Partial lunar eclipse on 25 April 2013

Double eclipses on November 2012

Annular solar eclipse on 20 May 2012

Total Lunar eclipse on 10th December 2011

Total lunar eclipse on 15 June 2011

Solar eclipse on 4 January 2011

Stay connected

with Facebook with Twitter
with Google Plus

This site is © Copyright Basic Astro 2012-2017, All Rights Reserved.