This morning at 7:33 a.m. CST, we have the start of the only solar eclipse of the year, visible across a narrow path of the South Pacific, Chile, Argentina and the South Atlantic. Maximum eclipse is at 11:13 a.m. CST and lasts until 11:54 a.m. CST. A partial eclipse visible from a wider region in the Pacific, across southern South America and also Antarctica.
Watch the eclipse #LIVE courtesy of timeanddate.com:
Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front the sun as viewed from the Earth. When the shadow lines up exactly, the moon covers the entire span of the sun, which causes a total eclipse. Other times, where it only covers a portion of the sun, it is only considered a partial eclipse. Then there are also times when the moon is too far from earth and the sphere size of the moon is smaller than the sphere size of the sun, called an annular eclipse. In this case the event is not able to be viewed with the naked eye, because a section of bright sunlight completely surrounds the dark center. There is not a solar eclipse each month because the moon’s orbit is tilted in comparison to the sun, so it does not align with the sun every month. An eclipse can give a brief change in the weather locally, due to the decrease conduction of sun rays. For more information on this eclipse, please visit NASA at:
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