Can I see the eclipse from where I am on December 4th?

The Solar Eclipse is happening this weekend but only a lucky few will be able to see it.

Only one location on Earth will experience the entire event, but several other points will see a small partial eclipse.

Total solar eclipse in December will likely be seen by more penguins than humans


Total solar eclipse in December will likely be seen by more penguins than humansCredit: Reuters

Can I watch the eclipse on December 4th?

The total solar eclipse on December 4 will likely be seen by more penguins than people as it will only be seen over Antarctica.

However, the partial eclipse can be viewed from some parts of the Southern Hemisphere, and you can also watch the event live online.

Nasa explain: “In some places, while viewers won’t get to see a total eclipse, they’ll experience a partial eclipse instead.

“This happens when the Sun, Moon and Earth are not aligned correctly.

“The sun will only appear dark on part of its surface.

“Viewers in areas of Saint Helena, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands, Crozet Islands, Falkland Islands, Chile, New Zealand and Australia will see a partial solar eclipse on December 4. “.

The eclipse will reach total at 2:44 a.m. EST (7:44 a.m. GMT).

Anyone who has the opportunity to see a lunar eclipse with their own eyes, remember to never look directly at the Sun.

That applies even if the Sun is partially or completely obscured because its rays are still strong enough to harm your eyes.

It is recommended to wear eclipse glasses or watch online.

How to watch the December solar eclipse online

Weather permitting, Nasa will stream the eclipse on Its YouTube channel.

Nasa’s live stream will start at 1:30 a.m. EST (6:30 a.m. GMT) and target at 3:37 a.m. EST (8:37 a.m. GMT).

The view of the total solar eclipse will be from a camera located at Union Glacier in Antarctica.

What is a total solar eclipse?

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely blocked by the Moon.

The Sun is 400 times more massive than the Moon, but it is also 400 times farther from Earth.

These are the perfect proportions for the moon to completely obscure the sun, as long as the alignment on the Earth’s surface is correct.

If the eclipse will be “total” when viewed from any point on Earth, it is called a “total eclipse”, although it will only be a partial eclipse elsewhere.

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In other news, brightest comet of 2021 is heading our way and it will be visible in time for some Christmas stargazing.

Nasa has warned that a giant asteroid larger than the Eiffel Tower will break into Earth’s orbit in just over a week.

A new study warns that an alien species could hitchhike on a human spacecraft and contaminate the Earth.

And, Nasa plans to put a nuclear power plant on the moon in this decade.

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