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This Friday, July 13, a partial solar eclipse is about to take place and the sun will see a 34% eclipse of its total area.
What Is It?
A solar eclipse is a celestial event in which the moon briefly appears to take a bite out of the sun. The disk of the moon appears to cross in front of the disk of the sun and the International Astronomical Center (IAC) in Abu Dhabi announced that on Friday 13, it is about to cover 34 percent of the sun’s total area. The eclipse will be visible from certain areas in Australia and Antarctica. According to the center, in addition, at 2:48 am GMT, the crescent moon of Thul Qi’da will be visible, as Mohammed Shawkat, Director of the IAC, stated. The crescent will be visible from the western-most Arab countries on Friday, whereas the rest of the countries will be seeing the moon on Saturday.
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How to view the sun safely
Looking directly at the sun, even during an annular eclipse, can lead to blindness and other forms of permanent eye damage if you aren’t wearing proper eye protection. Special protective eyewear or eclipse glasses are required to safely observe the sun or watch an eclipse. Basic sunglasses, even those with UV protection, will not sufficiently protect your eyes. If you’re planning to document the eclipse with any photo equipment, there are special solar filters you can add to make sure the ring of sunlight doesn’t harm your vision. If you must document one of these events, a simple, wide-angle snap should capture the moment, even if you’re using your smartphone camera.
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