New Delhi: The skywatchers will be able to witness partial solar eclipse on February 15, 2018. When it's a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon, however, in partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.
Partial solar eclipse, also known as Aanshik Surya Grahan happens to be the second eclipse of this year after 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Lunar eclipse which was seen on January 31.
This time, the partial solar eclipse will be visible only in certain paths of the Southern Hemisphere. It will be seen in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and in Antarctica.
Date and Time of solar eclipse:
Partial solar eclipse will take place on February 15, 2018, and reportedly start from 6:55 PM. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 8:51 PM and the last location to see the partial eclipse would be at 10:47 PM.
Antarctica will experience the partial eclipse between about 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm UTC or 9:00 am local time. Then, the end of the eclipse will be visible in Uruguay, Argentina, southern Chile, far western Paraguay, and far southern Brazil.
According to Indian Standard Time, the partial eclipse will begin on February 16 at 12:25 AM. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 2:21 AM and the last location to see the partial eclipse would be at 4:17 AM as per reports.
Will it affect India?
The partial solar eclipse will not be visible in India. But skywatchers can witness the celestial experience on NASA Twitter handle, website as well as YouTube where it will be live streamed.