First “Solar Eclipse 2014” being observed in Australia, Indonesia

ISLAMABAD: The First Solar Eclipse 2014 being observed on Tuesday afternoon in Australia, Indonesia and not in Pakistan according to which the moon passes between the sun and earth and blocks parts of all of the sun ‘s disk.

A total solar eclipse occures when the moon and sun align perfectly. Since the moon’s orbit around earth is tilted, the moon and sun don’t align in an eclipse every month, PTV reported.

Two konline skywatching groups – the Slooh community telescope and the Virtual Telescope Project – provided to live webcasts of the solar eclipse from Australia, began at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), PTV added.

Tuesday’s solar eclipse called an annular solar eclipse by the scientist.  The event, also known as a “ring of fire” solar eclipse, occurs when the sun is too far from earth to completely obscure the sun’s disk. The result is a bright ring of sunlight around the moon’s silhouette, as viewed from the earth’s surface.

But on Tuesday, the potentially dazzling “ring of fire” eclipse was visible from one uninhabited spot in Antarctica, where the only audience may be penguins on the frigid landscape.

The April 29 solar eclipse began at 1:15 p.m. local time in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, and will end at 3:59 p.m. local time. The time of greatest eclipse occurs at 2:41 p.m., when the moon will obscure about 65 percent of the solar disk. The event will begin later in the day for observers in Melbourne (3:58 p.m.local time) and Sydney (4:13 p.m.), with the sun setting before the eclipse ends.

Tuesday’s solar eclipse is the second eclipse of 2014 after the total lunar eclipse on April 15. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on Oct 8 and will be primarily visible from the Pacific
Ocean and its bordering coastlines. A partial solar eclipse visible from most of the United States and parts of Canada will then follow on Oct 23.