A photo voltaic eclipse handed over elements of the southern hemisphere early this morning, Saturday, December 4, together with elements of South Africa, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.
For sky-watchers within the northern hemisphere, the eclipse wasn’t seen. However you’ll be able to rewatch the occasion from a singular view: From Union Glacier in Antarctica, the one place on the globe the place the eclipse was whole. A livestream from Theo Boris and Christian Lockwood of the JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition, embedded above, reveals stunning views of the eclipse because it occurred.
What’s a photo voltaic eclipse?
A photo voltaic eclipse happens when the moon strikes between the Earth and the solar, blocking out some or all the solar’s rays from the angle of Earth. An eclipse is barely seen from sure elements of the Earth as they have to be in a line with the moon and the solar, and it’s only a complete photo voltaic eclipse (the place your entire solar is blocked out) for these positioned precisely within the heart of the shadow solid by the moon.
When the Earth, the moon, and the solar line up simply so for the moon to dam out a lot of the solar’s gentle, observers can see the solar’s outer environment, referred to as its corona, which is often inconceivable to see as a result of solar’s brightness.
When is the following photo voltaic eclipse?
For these in North America who’re eager to see a photo voltaic eclipse for themselves, the following photo voltaic eclipse will happen in October 2023. There can even be a complete photo voltaic eclipse seen throughout the continent in April 2024.
The right way to watch a photo voltaic eclipse safely
Should you’re planning to watch a photo voltaic eclipse in individual, it’s essential to take action safely. It’s best to by no means look immediately on the solar, as this may injury your eyes even when the solar is partially eclipsed. As a substitute, it is best to view the eclipse utilizing a pinhole digicam or particular eclipse glasses (which aren’t the identical as common sun shades).
NASA has a how-to information for making your personal pinhole digicam, which may simply be accomplished utilizing family provides and is a good venture to make with youngsters.