PHOTO ⟩ A partial solar eclipse was observed in Latvia

On the other hand, a total eclipse of the Sun in any particular geographical location is a rare phenomenon. The last time a total solar eclipse was observed in Latvia was in 1954, but the next one will be observed only in 2142.

Meanwhile, the so-called annular solar eclipse will be observed in Latvia on June 21, 2039.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely or partially covers the disk of the Sun. In case of complete obscuration, darkness sets in for several minutes, but in case of partial obscuration, depending on the phase of the eclipse, the Sun visually resembles a circle with a hole.

LAB reminds that you should not look at the Sun with the naked eye and under no circumstances through binoculars, binoculars or a telescope without a special filter, as this can cause permanent vision damage. Extra dense filter material should be used for observations. Ordinary sunglasses, a CD or a floppy disk are not suitable for this purpose. The safest method is to project an image of the Sun on a screen. It is especially interesting to observe the projected image of the Sun with a “hole” during an eclipse. Such images are formed through gaps in tree branches or, on a smaller scale, through holes punched in a sheet of paper.

LAB invites you to safely observe and share the results of observations on social networks using the hashtag “#solar eclipse”.

LAB brings together astronomy professionals and enthusiasts to popularize astronomy. Its members participate in the creation of the magazine “Starry Sky” and organize monthly astronomy lectures online.

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“Starspace.lv” is the only portal that regularly publishes news about astronomy in Latvian. SIA “StarSpace” is also engaged in the promotion of astronomy, holding seminars, lectures and celestial demonstrations.

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