There’s A Total Solar Eclipse Happening On April 8th – Can You View It?

Astronomy enthusiasts worldwide are gearing up for an extraordinary cosmic spectacle happening on April 8. While a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America, the real question is, will those of us down here in the UAE be able to see it, or is our geographical position not accurate enough? Come with me, and let’s find out together.

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So, What Is A Total Solar Eclipse?

NASA explains that during a total solar eclipse, the Moon positions itself perfectly, completely masking the Sun and turning the sky into a twilight-like glow. This not only captivates the audience but also provides scientists with a unique opportunity to study the Sun’s corona (also known as the outermost layer of the sun’s atmosphere).

Will We Be Able To See The Eclipse In The UAE?

So here’s the sad news, the upcoming total solar eclipse won’t be visible in the UAE this time. The eclipse’s specific trajectory over North America means the UAE won’t witness the Sun’s complete blockage. However, on April 8, residents can expect a partial solar eclipse, peaking around 7:45 am UAE time, with 10-20% of the Sun covered. I wouldn’t call this a ‘win-win’ situation, but at least we’re not totally covered in the dark.

Solar Eclipse Safety: What You Should Do While Looking At A Solar Eclipse

Looking directly at the Sun, even during a partial eclipse, poses risks. Eye protection, such as ‘eclipse glasses’ or a secure handheld solar viewer, is crucial. Gazing at the Sun through cameras, binoculars, or telescopes without proper solar filters can cause instant and severe eye injuries. We all know the warning about never looking directly at the sun; well, those same rules still apply here. Don’t let a little bit of darkness fool you into thinking it’s now safe enough to stare at. ‘Eclipse glasses’ can be easily purchased online through credible stores, so if you’re really eager to look up at the sky while it happens I do suggest making an investment into these special glasses.

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A Glimpse Into The Future – More Eclipses To Come For UAE

Beyond April 8, we can look forward to a partial solar eclipse on August 2, 2027, and a total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2029. Keep an eye out for meteor showers, including Eta Aquariid, Delta Aquariid, Perseid, Orionid, and Geminid throughout the year.

Will UAE Ever Get To Witness A Total Solar Eclipse?

The next entirely visible total solar eclipse from the UAE is scheduled for March 20, 2034. Until then, enjoy the intermittent meteor showers, the lunar eclipses, and the memory of the last total solar eclipse that happened in November 2003 and the annular solar eclipse in December 2019, creating a mesmerizing ‘ring of fire’ effect.

While it is unfortunate we won’t be able to see the full effect of the total solar eclipse this year and will have to wait a decade for the next one, at least we have a few astronomical events to keep us entertained till then. Will you be viewing the partial solar eclipse on April 8th?

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