Surya Grahan on Saturday will be the last time this year when Solar Eclipse will be visible this year. Today’s Solar Eclipse time in India starts at 1:32pm IST and the event will last till 5:02pm IST. The partial solar eclipse is the last one in 2018 and isn’t total solar eclipse.
The last time when we witnessed a total solar eclipse was on August 21, 2017, while this year, we only had the opportunity to witness partial solar eclipses. The first partial solar eclipse of the year occurred on February 15 while the second one was recorded on July 13. Now, on August 11, the moon could be seen taking a bite of the Sun for the last time in 2018.
Surya Grahan on August 11: What is the difference between Partial Solar Eclipse and Total Solar Eclipse
A solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon, also known as the lunar disk, crosses in front of the solar disk and while a total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the lunar disk blocks 100 per cent visibility of the solar disk, a partial solar eclipse happens when the lunar disk covers only a part of the solar disk.
On August 11, 2018, the lunar disk will reportedly cover just 20 per cent of the solar disk which means that a majority of the Sun will be visible from Earth. On the other hand, the visibility of partial solar eclipse on August 11 will be limited to northern Canada, most of Siberia, north-eastern US, Greenland, Scandinavia and central Asia including China.
Sky gazers around the world will be waiting for the Sun to emerge on Saturday as it will be the last solar eclipse of the year and while technically it is a partial solar eclipse, the celestial event has its own importance since it is the last as well as the third partial solar eclipse of the year.