A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of part or all of the Sun, which casts a shadow over a certain area of the Earth. This can only happen at New Moon, when the Sun, Moon and Earth are in a straight line. A Solar Eclipse doesn’t happen every New Moon though, because the Moon’s orbit is actually tipped about 5° with respect to Earth’s orbit around the Sun. This means that during most New Moon’s, the shadow cast by the Moon actually passes above or below the Earth, and therefore we do not see a Solar Eclipse.
The Partial Solar Eclipse on February 7th 2008 will be visible from parts of South-Eastern Australia and all of New Zealand. The Annular Solar Eclipse is visible only in Antartica. It will not be visible at all for the rest of Australia or the world.
I’ve written an article which will give you all the information you need to prepare for this event – including:
- What is a Solar Eclipse?
- When and Where can I see it?
- Safe Viewing / Observing Guide
- Photography / Imaging Guide
- and more
You can read the article at IceInSpace by clicking on the link below: