Are You Ready For the Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun’s light from reaching our planet’s surface. But how can that happen if the earth is significantly larger than the moon?
Earth is indeed larger: while our planet has a diameter of 12,742 km, the moon’s diameter consists “only” of 3,474 km. Earth is around 80 times larger in volume than the moon.
The answer to the previous question is actually quite simple: during a total solar eclipse, only a part of Earth surface does not receive any sunlight. That is why a solar eclipse can only be seen in some regions of the planet and not in others.
That is the reason why the 2 solar eclipses of 2015 will not be visible in India. Read the full article below to see if you are in the right spot at the right time in order to experience this marvelous natural phenomenon.
First Solar Eclipse of 2015
March 20th – Total Eclipse of the Sun
If you are in the Norwegian region of Svalbard or in the Faroe Islands, you should feel lucky because on March 20th you will experience a total solar eclipse. If you are not in this part of the world, don’t be disappointed – you might still be able to see a part of this phenomenon. The solar eclipse will be partial in Iceland, Europe, northern and eastern Asia, and northern and western Africa. Totality will last for 2 min 47 seconds.
The eclipse, when the sun is fully hidden behind the moon, will begin at:
India Standard Time (IST) – New Delhi: 13h11
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC): 7h41
The maximum point of the eclipse will occur at:
India Standard Time (IST) – New Delhi: 15h15
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC): 09h45
Next Solar Eclipse in 2015
September 13th – Partial Eclipse of the Sun
The second and last solar eclipse of 2015 is only partial and will occur in the southern hemisphere. However, very few people will see it. Why? Because you would have to be either in Antarctica or in the middle of the ocean in order to experience it!
The only populated part of the planet that will experience this partial eclipse is the southern tip of Africa. There, people will see 40% of the sun covered by the moon. See the map below.
Now that you know when and where the next solar eclipse will occur, it is time to make an appointment with the sun. Maybe you can book a trip to the Faroe Islands or to Capetown?
If you want to know more about solar and lunar eclipses, click here and read detailed explanations for each phenomenon.