New solar eclipse can only be seen from the USA, Canada and Mexico

New solar eclipse can only be seen from the USA, Canada and Mexico
New solar eclipse can only be seen from the USA, Canada and Mexico

On the 8th, an incredible celestial phenomenon will occur over North America: a total solar eclipse. This will be the second eclipse of this nature that this region has witnessed in a span of seven years, promising to be a dazzling spectacle for all who have the opportunity to observe it.

This type of eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun, completely covering the solar surface and casting a deep shadow over certain regions of the planet. Those in the path of the Moon’s shadow will experience a brief period of darkness during the day, similar to the night.

Why Do Eclipses Happen and What to Expect?

A total solar eclipse occurs due to the rare alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth. Although the Sun is about 400 times bigger than the Moon, it is also 400 times further away from Earth, which makes the two stars appear to be the same size in the sky seen from here. When they are perfectly aligned, the Moon can cover the Sun, creating a total eclipse.

Where Best to Observe This Total Solar Eclipse?

The total eclipse will cross vast areas of Mexico, the United States and eastern Canada. In Mexico, it will be the starting point before moving north, crossing the United States from Texas to the Canadian coast. It will be an unmissable spectacle for fans of astronomical events who find themselves in these regions.

How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse Safely?

For the safety of enthusiasts, it is essential not to look directly at the Sun without adequate protection. Special eclipse glasses or paper solar displays are highly recommended. During the totality phase of the eclipse, when the Sun is completely covered by the Moon, it is the only safe time to observe the event with the naked eye. As soon as the Moon begins to move and reveal the Sun again, it is necessary to use protective equipment again.

What Else Do We Need to Know About Eclipses?

In addition to the total eclipse, there are partial and annular eclipses. In partials, the Moon hides only part of the Sun, while in annulars, the Moon is further away and appears smaller, not covering the Sun completely and leaving a “ring of fire” visible in the sky. Interestingly, similar eclipses can also occur on other planets in our Solar System, as long as they have a Moon.

The next total solar eclipse after this one will be on August 12, 2026, visible from parts of Greenland, Iceland, Portugal and Spain. For astronomy aficionados, it’s worth marking these dates on your calendar and planning an adventure to witness these rare and fascinating celestial spectacles.

Remember if: Safe observation of the eclipse will guarantee a memorable experience without risk to your vision. Get ready, protect yourself and enjoy one of nature’s most magnificent spectacles.

The article is in Portuguese

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