Partial solar eclipse on Black Friday 2011, November 25, not to be seen by US shoppers

By on Nov 25, 2011 in Africa, Astronomy, World Comments

A partial solar eclipse will happen on Black Friday 2011, November 25, but US shoppers will not be able to witness it.


Illustration of partial solar eclipse on Friday,
November 25, 2011 (Click Image To Enlarge)

Image Credit: Starry Night Software

As noted at on Thursday, the solar eclipse will be widely seen from Antarctica while the greatest part of the eclipse is nearly close to the South Pole, where 78% of the sun will be covered by the moon.

According to the report, it will be also seen in some parts of South Africa, where around 11% of the sun will be covered by the moon in Cape Town, as well as in Wellington, New Zealand and in Australia.

The partial solar eclipse, wherein only a portion of the sun will be covered by the moon, is being expected to start at 7:30 pm (NZ time) in New Zealand; and its total duration will be around four hours.

Meanwhile, it is strongly being advised not to look directly at the sun for even a second since it can harm or permanent damage the human eyes, and use solar filters or the so-called “eclipse glasses” instead.

The said solar eclipse will reach a maximum coverage at 06:20:17 UT of magnitude .905, which is the fourth, the largest and the last for this year.

The next solar eclipse will occur on May 20, 2012 and will be an annular solar eclipse, which will be visible in Australia, New Zealand, South America and some parts in Asia particularly China and Japan.

An annular solar eclipse is when the moon is at a further distance from Earth in its orbit and will not totally cover the sun. Instead, there will be a bright ring of sunlight around the Moon and thus will prevent total darkness.

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