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Partial Solar Eclipse on Aug 11, not visible in India

Hyderabad, Aug 10 (UNI) A partial Solar Eclipse, the last among five eclipses in 2018, will occur on Saturday which will not be visible in India.
Planetary Society India Founder and Director N Sri Raghunandan Kumar on Friday said in 2018, a total Lunar Eclipse was occurred on January 31, Partial Solar Eclipses on February 16 and on July 13, Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27/28 and Partial Solar Eclipse on August 11.
Mr Kumar, however, said among the five Eclipses, only two eclipses (Lunar) were visible from India this year.
The August 11 Partial Solar Eclipse similar to other Solar Eclipses of 2018 will not be visible in India.
He said the Partial Solar eclipse tomorrow starts at 13:32 hours and end at 17:00 hours as Per Indian Standard Time (IST) but it’s visible only in the region covering Northernmost Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Northernmost tip of British Isles, most of Scandanavia, Svalbard, most of Russia, most of Kazakhstan, most of Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and most of China.
To a question on whether Is Saturday Eclipse visible in Total anywhere on Earth? .....This Eclipse is Partial Solar Eclipse and hence only Eclipse in Partial Phases is visible in the places mentioned above, the Planetary Society India Director said.
Mr Kumar said the last Solar Eclipse is visible in India on March 9 2016 which was a partial one.
The Next Solar Eclipse visible in India will occur on December 26, 2019 which again will be visible partially across the contry, he added.
When asked to explain in common man language how and why August 11 Eclipse is not visible In India ?, he said the "Solar Eclipse occurs when Moon comes between Earth and Sun such a way that ..shadow of Moon falls on Earth..
But Moon Shadow during solar eclipse will not fall at all places at a time on Earth..as Moon, Earth are Moving across Sun..so would the shadow of Moon..travels across face of earth from point a to point b.
Hence India is not in the path of Moon shadow on on August 11, 2018 so Eclipse is not visible here,
Mr Kumar explained.
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