Eclipse 2018: Is there a solar eclipse today on Friday 13th?

13 July, 2018, 17:37 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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This is the second month this year on which the 13th has fallen on a Friday, the first being April. Sadly, not everyone will be lucky to witness the partial solar eclipse as it will be only visible from the southeastern coast of Tasmania, Australia and New Zealand's Stewart Island, as well as the northern coast of Antarctica.

What can be seen during partial solar eclipse? Partial solar eclipses happen when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disk.

Who can see the partial solar eclipse?

"The opportunity for photographers to catch a glimpse of this is spectacular because, although there are a fair few lunar eclipses, we won't see another like this for quite some time".

The July 13 eclipse is particularly rare because it will occur on Friday the 13th, a date that has always been considered a harbinger of bad luck by popular culture. The total solar eclipse will occur at 3:01 pm and will end at 4:13 pm. The visual of Solar Eclipse will not be visible to many and only a small part of Antartica would be able to watch the eclipse.


Experts have prohibited directly viewing the eclipse without safety measures.

To avoid eye damage, experts say everyone should wear special solar glasses or use darkened welder's glass when looking at the Sun.

The solar event has brought even more superstition to the already unlucky day, as prominent USA evangelist and pastor Paul Begley took to YouTube to claim that "demonic forces" may be at play today. Ayurveda believes that in the absence of sunlight, the bacteria tend to get active. There are many beliefs and myths associated with this date across the world.

Jonathan Powell, author of South Wales Argus night sky column, said: "For many this will be the eclipse of a lifetime, as it's the longest of the 21st century and there won't be another like it for 82 years".

This partial eclipse began at 7:18 IST on July 13, reached its maximum magnitude of 0.3367 at 8:31 IST and ended at 09:43 IST.

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