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Jul 13, 2018: Second solar eclipse of 2018 over open water

SPACE - The second of three solar eclipses of 2018 is only partial and unfolds almost entirely over open water. Sky watchers on the very southern coasts of Australia and New Zealand might enjoy a glimpse of it.

It will be visible primarily over the ocean between Australia and Antarctica. Space.com notes that because the eclipse will arrive during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, most of Antarctica will be experiencing polar nights, when the Sun does not rise for days, weeks or months at a time.

Space.com explains that a solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the Moon appears to cross in front of the disk of the Sun. A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the Moon blocks 100 per cent of the solar disk. A partial eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only part of the Sun.

The so-called The Great American Eclipse of Aug 21, 2017, was visible in totality to millions of Americans. It added to the number of so called eclipseophiles – sky watchers who will go almost anywhere to experience a total eclipse – around the world. Many of them will have booked accommodation already in Chile or Argentina for the next total eclipse, on Jul 2, 2019.

In the meantime, some might venture to the Northern Hemisphere on Aug 11 for the last of the three 2018 eclipses. Though partial, it is more accessible. It will swing over the North Pole and will be visible from northern Europe, northern Asia and parts of eastern Asia.

#22365 Published: 06/15/2018

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