Weather Tidbits: Solar Eclipse
This Weather Tidbits explains what is a solar eclipse and how to view it safely. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth & the sun; casting a shadow over the earth, which happens during the new moon phase. A partial solar eclipse occurs when part or most of the moon blocks the sun; which leads to the penumbra passing over you, creating a partial shadow. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks out the sun; with the umbra passing over you providing a full shadow, which happens near its perigee or the moon’s closest point to earth. Some safe solar viewing tips are do not look directly at the sun; plus sunglasses do not provide sufficient protection. You should only look at the sun through an approved solar filter, such as eclipse shades; even safer is to observe indirectly by projecting the sun’s image with a pinhole or binoculars.