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Partial solar eclipse in Latvia on January 4

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On Tuesday, January 4, it will be possible to watch a partial solar eclipse in Latvia. It will begin at 9:24am, reaching the maximum phase at 10:46 am, and will end at 12:11 pm.

In Latvia’s western part the solar eclipse will begin and end about two minutes earlier, but in the eastern part – up to two minutes later. The maximum solar eclipse phase (the obscured part of the Sun’s diameter), which will be seen throughout Latvia, is 0.84, the Latvian Astronomical Society informs.

In Latvia, partial solar eclipses are seen once in every 2 – 4 years. The previous partial solar eclipse in Latvia was observed on August 1, 2008, and the next will be seen only after four years – on March 20, 2015. While a total solar eclipse in each particular geographic location is a very rare event. The previous total solar eclipse that could be seen in Latvia was in 1954, but the next one will be only in 2142.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon completely or partially obscures the disk of the Sun. In the case of total solar eclipse darkness occurs for several minutes, but in the case of partial solar eclipse depending on the eclipse phase the disk of the Sun visually resembles a circle with a small gap, but at the maximum phase on January 4 it will look like an upward-facing sickle.

Experts remind it is not advisable to look at the sun with naked eye for a long time and in no occasion through binoculars or a telescope without a special filter. A particularly dense filter material should be used for observations. Ordinary sunglasses, CD or floppy disk material is not suitable for this purpose. The safest method is the image projection on a screen.


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