A solar eclipse occurs roughly every 18 months when the moon passes directly in front of the Sun. When the eclipse is viewed from Earth, the Sun and the Moon look the same size but actually, the lunar orb can completely cover the Sun.
When the eclipse occurs, the skies turn dark for minutes at a time, marking the moment of totality. The last partial solar eclipse peaked on January 6 this year and the good news is a total eclipse of the Sun is just around the corner.
Do you remember the excitement we’d have as children when we got to witness this special event? We used to get those special glasses to have the full effect, well it’s time to get out those glasses again. Here’s an update on the next interesting sighting. Next month, a solar eclipse will pass over a small part of the South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina. The eclipse will pass directly over an observatory in the Andes that’s run by the National Science Foundation.
Astronomers and physicists are now preparing the experiments they plan to run during the eclipse. Regarding the previous eclipses, these experiments will focus on observing the Sun, as well as the effects the eclipses have on Earth. Doesn’t that sound exciting? We sure can’t wait to see what they discover!