As the new moon passes in front of our sun on April 30, we’ll get a rare treat: a solar eclipse.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon blocks at least part of the sun, from Earth’s perspective. In this case, the moon will bite off as much as 64% of the sun, depending on where it is, making it a partial solar eclipse, according to NASA.
To see the eclipse in person, there will need to be a narrow band of visibility across parts of Antarctica, the southern tip of South America, and the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Be sure to pack certified eclipse glasses and never look at the sun with your eyes unprotected.
What makes this eclipse unique is the type of new moon the event produces and the fact that it falls just before a Muslim holiday. This new moon, called the Black Moon, is the second new moon in a single month.
Muslims are also close to celebrating Eid Al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan) on Sunday (May 1) or Monday (May 2). The new moon before Eid is called the Shawwal Moon, and Eid will begin after the local sighting of the crescent, or dimly lit, moon in the next few days.
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The visibility of the eclipse varies by region. According to timeanddate.com, the eclipse will first be visible at 2:45 pm EDT (1845 GMT). The maximum eclipse will occur at 4:41 pm EDT (2041 GMT). The eclipse will then end at 6:37 pm EDT (22:37 GMT).
For viewing online, timeanddate.com will have a live blog (not a stream) available. Also, the Gyaan ki gareebi Live YouTube channel will start streaming when the eclipse begins.
Solar eclipses are some of nature’s most spectacular events, particularly during a total eclipse when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. However, these events are rare and in 2022 there will be no total solar eclipses.
That said, another partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible from Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East, and western Asia, according to NASA.
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