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This week’s total solar eclipse: the science of celestial phenomena

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#Cosmoread: Skywatchers, your binoculars! This week, a total solar eclipse will be put on a dramatic celestial show, this year’s only total eclipse of the sun will be dark skies of Southeast Asia.

Solar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned on the same plane. The earth orbits around the sun and the moon around the Earth orbits, as is sometimes the Moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking all or part of the sunlight. This week’s eclipse early Wednesday (9 March), Southeast Asia (Tuesday, March 8, EST), the local time will happen.

Total solar eclipse will begin over the Indian Ocean, Sumatra, Borneo and other parts of the islands, casting a shadow across the Pacific Ocean before moving east. Not so in the path of totality, China, Japan, North Australia, Hawaii and Alaska, a few people will be treated to a partial eclipse.

When the partial or total eclipse for information on what to look out for, skywatchers NASA eclipse path may consult interactive maps.

Not that you look directly at the sun with the naked eye or with a telescope should never important to remember. To view the eclipse safely, special solar glasses (available at hardware stores or local astronomy clubs) must use or create a pinhole projector. If you have a telescope, you must project the image, behind the eyepiece of the telescope and taking out a sheet of paper using a reflected image to catch the meaning. When the sun is blocked by the moon’s disk completely, you briefly off his glasses to witness this event can take.

NASA scientists assumed in March, the researchers next total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, which will be visible to skywatchers in North America, will help to refine the technique to study the plan. This event, nicknamed “The Great American Eclipse,” will be the first time since 1979 that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the lower 48 states of the US

A total solar eclipse just a few minutes (the longest ever recorded a 7-minute) stays. Partial eclipses last much longer. Another type of eclipse – an annular eclipse – when the Moon from the Earth is at its furthest point. His size is too small to cover the sun’s disk, and it creates a ring around the moon. Each year, between two and five solar eclipses occur.

You do not live in Southeast Asia, there are still ways to take this week’s solar eclipse. Slooh community observatory 9:00 a.m. (2600 GMT) until 6:00 p.m. a live webcast (2300 GMT) at the beginning of March 8 is hosting. You also can watch live on Space.com webcast courtesy of Slooh.