Just recently, the whole world geared up to witness the super blue blood moon, a phenomenon that occurs once in 150 years. And now, there is yet another celestial event that people are ready to witness. While it is not as rare as the super blue blood moon, a solar eclipse has held the interest of people over centuries. So, on February 15, 2018 – the scheduled date for a Partial Solar Eclipse – several people across the globe will wait with bated breath to witness the spectacle. The biggest question enthusiasts in India are currently asking is – will the partial solar eclipse 2018 be visible in India?
Sadly, the answer is “No”. This solar eclipse will only be visible in certain parts of the southern hemisphere. There are two more partial solar eclipses scheduled for July 13 and August 11 respectively. But unfortunately, those too won’t be visible in India. So, that brings us to the question – where will the partial solar eclipse 2018 be visible? ALSO SEE 5 best places to star-gaze in and around Mumbai
On February 15, 2018, the solar eclipse will be totally visible from Antarctica, east of Antarctic Peninsula, and regions south of Rio Gallegos, and in the Falkland Islands. People in Argentina and Chile, and those in the southernmost parts of Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil will be able to witness the phenomenon. It will begin around 5.43 pm local time in the Antarctic peninsula and end by 7.34 pm. DO SEE Solar Eclipse 2019 in India: Best Places to Spot the Annular Solar Eclipse in India
Solar eclipses occur when the earth, moon and Sun are in such positions of their orbits that the moon comes in between the Sun and the Earth. A partial solar eclipse is when the three bodies are not exactly in line, resulting in the moon blocking out only part of the sun while moving along the orbit. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun’s light completely from reaching the Earth. Partial solar eclipses occur every six months, more or less, but total solar eclipses are quite rare.