Partial Solar Eclipse Next Monday

      May 16, 2012 12:52

      A partial solar eclipse will take place next Monday morning. The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute on Tuesday said observers will be able to see the scene from 6:23 a.m. to 8:48 a.m.

      During a solar eclipse, the moon comes between the Sun and the earth. During a partial eclipse, the moon covers only part of the sun.

      On Monday, skywatchers in southern Japan, North Pacific and some of the western part of the U.S. should be able to catch a glimpse of the "ring of fire" that results.

      The eclipse will reach its peak at 7:32 a.m. here, with about 80 percent of the sun's light blocked, the institute said. It warned people not to look directly into the sun and use protective goggles.

      The last solar eclipse visible from Korea was a partial one on Jan. 15, 2010, and the next one is expected on March 9, 2016.

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