Last Partial Solar Eclipse This Year on August 11
Monday, August 6, 2018
The Peninsula -- Earth will witness the last solar eclipse of the year on Saturday, August 11.
Expert Astronomer at the Qatari Calendar House, Dr Beshir Marzouk, said that this solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse of the sun, as the moon will cover 74 percent of the entire solar disk when the solar eclipse reaches its peak.
The solar eclipse happens when the centers of the three celestial objects (sun, earth and moon) come aligned on a straight line, with the moon coming in between sun and earth. The moon will block the entire disk of the sun in the case of total eclipse, or blocking part of the disk of the sun in the case of partial eclipse.
The gulf region, including Qatar, will not be able to observe the eclipse as it does not fall in the path.
The last solar eclipse of 2018 will start at 11:02 am local Doha time, while the partial eclipse will reach its peak at 12:46 pm and the last stages of the partial eclipse will end at 2:31 pm, lasting a period of three hours and twenty-nine minutes, Dr Marzouk said.
He pointed out that this partial eclipse of the sun comes after the longest lunar eclipse during the present century, which was seen in Qatar on Friday, July 27.
The first solar eclipse of next year will occur on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
This partial eclipse will be most clearly visible to people in North/East Europe, North/West Asia, North America and the Arctic, while people in Qatar and the Arab countries will not be able to observe it as they are not located on this solar eclipse’s path. However, they can watch the partial eclipse via live broadcast by NASA.
The importance of solar and lunar eclipses is that they confirm the accuracy of the astronomical calculations in the Hijri calendar.