The Moon is about to take a bite out of the sun. Tomorrow, Oct. 25th, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and northeast Africa: timetables. All of Europe is in the eclipse zone with the deepest eclipse in the Scandinavian countries:
The eclipse will become visible first in Reykjavik, Iceland, at 8:58 a.m. local time; where the sun will eventually be about 20 percent covered (sunrise is at 8:30 a.m.).
By 11 a.m. in London, the moon will block 15 percent of the sun.
The shadow will be peak around 4 p.m. in Chelyabinsk in Russia’s southern Ural region, which is expected to get 86 percent coverage. There, the sun will transform itself into a slender crescent, before waning in New Delhi at 5:30 p.m. with 44 percent coverage.
WARNING: Even the tiniest sliver of sun left uncovered by the Moon can hurt your eyes. Eclipse glasses are recommended for safety.
Observing tip: Try looking down. Beneath a leafy tree, you might be surprised to find hundreds of crescent-shaped sunbeams dappling the grass.
Overlapping leaves create natural pinhole cameras, each one casting an image of the crescent-sun onto the ground beneath the canopy. Note the crescent-eyed turkey; partial eclipse shadow play is lots of fun.
It is just too weird that this partial solar eclipse will be seen all over Europe and have its climax over Russia… Another sign from the sky?
Awe or doomsday?
The Oct. 25th is a partial eclipse… It will be an amazing sky phenomena but is nothing compared to a so-called total solar eclipse, when the sun completely disappears…
The most recent total eclipse in North America, often referred to as “The Great American Eclipse,” occurred in 2017, and the next one will be in 2024. The next total eclipse in the United Kingdom is not until 2090.
In 2023, there will be two annular eclipses, which occur when the moon, sun and Earth are exactly in line but the moon is too far away to go around the sun, creating a bull’s-eye effect for observers. The first will be in April and will be visible from northwestern Australia and Indonesia. The second will be in North America next October, and will “make a nice prelude” to the total eclipse in North America the following year.
When you see an eclipse, your body actually responds to it. Your heart rate increases, there’s a change in body temperature, breathing, pupil dilation, perspiration. There’s a school of thought that this happens because we’re born with an inherent physical understanding of the world, and when you see something which looks like a physical impossibility, and a solar eclipse looks like a hole in the sky, it startles the brain which provokes this response. All of our bodies respond in the same way, but the way this reaction is perceived and interpreted depends on culture.
Prepare now! Stock up on Iodine tablets for the next nuclear disaster…
The majority of us may no longer gaze at the sky and think fearfully of the wrath of demons…
But when the Sun will disappear and blackness transcends across America on April 8, 2024 (the next total solar eclipse to visit North America; The duration of totality will be up to 4 minutes and 27 seconds, almost double that of The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017), it will be easy to see why such events have provoked awe and terror in equal magnitude since the dawn of mankind. [NYT, SpaceWeather]