Solar Eclipse

We had front row seats for the partial solar eclipse which was visible at 9.30am to people across Europe, Northern Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East. Below is the view from the classrooms of St. Brigid’s NS.

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What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s orbit of Earth positions it directly in between us and the sun, causing the moon to temporarily block out some of the sun’s light.

Eclipse 1

Places on Earth that fall within the moving path of the moon’s umbra — the central part of its shadow — can briefly see a total eclipse, in which the moon blocks out the entire sun, leaving just a faint shimmering ring of light in the otherwise darkened sky.

Eclipse 2

Partial eclipses are much more common, because they occur throughout the much wider penumbra region. The vast majority of people who viewed today’s eclipse will have observed a partial one.