First solar eclipse in 2011 can be viewed in Turkey

In the Middle East, the Sun will be almost half-obscured when seen from Beirut, Jerusalem and Amman, but more than 60% from towns in Turkey.

First solar eclipse in 2011 can be viewed in Turkey

A dramatic partial eclipse of the Sun will be visible throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia on January 4.

Depending on the viewer's location, the Moon will slowly cover and then uncover up to 80 percent of the Sun''s disk over a 3-hour period.

For many cities in Western Europe and Africa, Tuesday's event will already be under way at sunrise, offering a great chance for interesting photography.

A solar eclipse can only happen during a new Moon, and in particular when the Moon passes directly between Earth and the Sun.

A partial solar eclipse can be viewed from a relatively wide geographic area. The closer you are to the point of greatest eclipse the deeper the Moon''s "bite" in the Sun''s disk.

And Europeans won't get another opportunity like this until March 20, 2015.

"Most favoured"

The lunar shadow will fall in the Algerian Sahara at 06:40 GMT before flitting northeastward. In London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Berlin, between two-thirds and three-quarters of the Sun will be darkened at the eclipse's peak.

Scandinavia will be most favoured, especially in northern Sweden where, at 08:50 GMT, four-fifths of the Sun will be obscured.

In the Middle East, the Sun will be almost half-obscured when seen from Beirut, Jerusalem and Amman, but more than 60% from towns in Turkey.

As the lunar shadow zips to the east, a smaller eclipse will be visible at sunset from central Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and northwest China before the Sun's face is fully restored a few seconds after 11:00 GMT.

The eclipse spectacle will run for about two to two and a half hours, according to the location. The next partial solar eclipse will be on June 1, visible in eastern Siberia, northern China, Alaska and northern Canada.

"Careful watching"


Anyone watching the solar eclipse should do so very carefully.

"Looking directly at the Sun is harmful to your eyes at any time, partial eclipse or no," said Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine.

"The eclipse prompts people to gaze at the Sun, something they wouldn''t normally do. The result can be temporary or permanent blurred vision or blind spots at the center of your view," he added.

One should get look at the Sun directly through glasses equipped with special solar filters, or through dark #13 or #14 welder''s glass. Another easy method is create a pinhole projector, created by poking a small hole in a card, facing it toward the Sun, and holding a second card about 1 meter behind it in its shadow.

"Amateur astronomers have been able to view a total solar eclipse somewhere in the world for the past three years," notes Kelly Beatty of Sky and Telescope.

"But there won''t be one this year -- so everyone in a position to see the partial event on January 4th should enjoy it if they can."


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