First Solar Eclipse of 2011 Will Be Best Viewed In Central Asia, North Africa and Europe

By on Jan 4, 2011 in Africa, Asia, Astronomy, Europe, Science Comments

According to several international news sites, the first solar eclipse of 2011 will be a partial eclipse and will happen on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Skywatchers in central Asia, North Africa and much of Europe will be able to have the best views of the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse
Photo Credit: Jakarta Post/Arief Suhardiman

“The penumbral shadow first touches Earth‘s surface in northern Algeria at 06:40:11 UT. As the shadow travels east, Western Europe will be treated to a partial eclipse at sunrise,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) stated.

People from Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Paris and other Western European cities will be able to see the eclipse early in the morning. It will end at western Asia on a sunset. North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula will see a glimpse of a minor partial eclipse.

The eclipse will be best seen from Sweden‘s Gulf of Bothnia, near the city of Skelleftea, where the sun will be covered by about 80 percent.

This eclipse will be the first of four partial solar eclipses in 2011. No total solar eclipse will happen this year.



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