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First solar eclipse of the year, ‘Black Moon’ to partially block Sun on this date

By Saima Siddiqui 
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First solar eclipse of the year, ‘Black Moon’ to partially block Sun on this date

New Delhi: On Saturday, April 30, some parts of the world will witness the first partial solar eclipse of the year. According to NASA, the ‘Black Moon’ will block out portion of the Sun throughout the day, immediately before and after sunset, resulting in a partial eclipse.

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The ‘Black Moon’ is a very unusual occurrence, and there was none in 2021. According to Space.com, there is no particular meaning for ‘Black Moon.’ However, the phrase is most commonly used to allude to a number of New Moon-related events.

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It can be observed in groups along the northern coast of Antarctica, in the Falkland Islands, and across the South Pacific and Southern Ocean.

According to NASA, a solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, producing shadows on the Earth. A partial solar eclipse, which will happen this weekend, happens when the Moon obscures only a section of the Sun’s disc, creating the appearance that it is cutting a circular chunk out of it.

According to NASA, the impending eclipse will hide over 65 percent of the Sun at its peak. According to CNET, two solar and lunar eclipses are likely this year. The next eclipse will also be partial, and it won’t happen until October.

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