On April 30, Earth will see its first solar eclipse of the year, only days after the world watched photographs of an eclipse on Mars.
When the new Moon passes in front of the Sun, obstructing the Sun’s light, an eclipse occurs. Because the Moon will only obscure a fraction of sunlight, the first solar eclipse of the year will be partial.
According to Nasa, the Moon will obscure 64% of the sun’s disc as seen from Earth during the April 30 eclipse. Because the Moon, Sun, and Earth will not be aligned in a perfectly straight line, the eclipse will be partial. The Moon will only cast the penumbra, which is the outer part of its shadow.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth and blocking the Sun’s light in some locations, according to Nasa.
The Moon does not entirely cover the Sun during a partial solar eclipse, giving it a crescent shape as if someone had taken a bite out of it.
The partial solar eclipse on April 30 will begin at 12 a.m. on April 30-May 1.
The partial eclipse will begin at 12:15 a.m. IST and terminate at 4:07 a.m. IST, according to the MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata.
First solar eclipse to be visible in some places
Moreover, Chile, Argentina, most of Uruguay, western Paraguay, southwestern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, and a tiny region of southwestern Brazil will see the celestial event.
It will also be seen along with parts of Antarctica’s northwestern coast, in the Atlantic Ocean just off South America’s southeastern coast, including the Falkland Islands, and in most of the South Pacific Ocean and the Southern Ocean.
However, India unfortunately will not be able to see the first partial solar eclipse of 2022.