The Eclipse of the Sun could see the penguins of Antarctica, and in combination with ships

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A partial Eclipse of the Sun in which the Moon has closed one-third of the solar disk, due to the limited field of observation, could see the penguins of Antarctica, and enthusiasts from the ships.

The Eclipse began at 04.48 GMT sunrise in the South-Western part of the Indian ocean and ended at 07.14 GMT between New Zealand and Antarctica.

«In view of the fact that the field of visibility of the Eclipse took place not only outside the territories of Russia, but mostly over the desert ocean, to watch it, even if you want, could a very small group of enthusiasts, and possibly penguins in Antarctica» — said RIA Novosti in the Moscow planetarium.

The second is a partial Eclipse of the Sun in 2018: the first was held on 15 February, and the third is expected on August 11. All solar eclipses are private. To observe them it is possible only in the polar regions of the southern (and 15.02 13.07) and North (11.08) hemispheres.

Solar eclipses occur only when the Moon is between Earth and Sun (new moon phase). Over the years there can be from two to five solar eclipses. The Eclipse of the Sun, where earth’s surface intersects only the lunar penumbra (the shadow cone and its extension do not intersect the earth’s surface) is called private. The axis of the lunar shadow on 13 July 2018, at a distance of 2259 km from the surface of the Earth.

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