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Astronomers watch partial solar eclipse across Europe and Asia

13 Aug 2018, 15:24 UTC
Astronomers watch partial solar eclipse across Europe and Asia
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The photographer had a view of 4 per cent coverage of the Sun’s diameter by the Moon in clear sky. Image credit: Jay Pasachoff
The partial solar eclipse of 11 August 2018, was viewed by dedicated eclipse observers and others from the northern part of the Earth. Solar eclipses occurred at opposite ends of the Earth this summer. Both were merely partial solar eclipses as seen from the Earth’s surface, not as dramatic as last summer’s total solar eclipse, whose path of totality crossed the United States.
Prof. Jay Pasachoff, Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses, viewed both, though weather forecasts led him to stay in Stockholm, Sweden, on 11 August, where he had a view of 4 per cent coverage of the Sun’s diameter by the Moon in clear sky. A group led by Tora Greve of Malmö, Sweden, went ahead with the original arrangements above the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, where 25 per cent of the solar disc was covered at maximum, and succeeded by driving from Kiruna northeast to Abisko, near the Norwegian border, in seeing the beginning of the eclipse before the forecast clouds and rain came. Robert Lucas of Sydney, ...

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