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February 25, 2021

Partial solar eclipse observed from southern Romania

Although part of Europe’s wintry skies obstructed the view of this year’s first partial solar eclipse, Romanians were treated to a reddish ethereal sky spectacle yesterday morning. Clear skies over several southern areas of the country offered a chance to glimpse a pale pink, otherworldly glow that could be observed from Bucharest as well. In the capital, people climbed atop snow-coated buildings to get a better view, others, sporting sunglasses, huddled outside subway stations in Revolution Square. Some watched it televised live; as the next eclipse visible in Romania will occur in March 2015. The eclipse was first seen Tuesday over Jerusalem, where the sun appeared to have taken a large bit out of its upper right section. A solar eclipse happens when the moon lines up between the sun and the Earth, casting a lunar shadow on the Earth’s surface and obscuring the solar disk. During a partial solar eclipse, only part of the sun is blotted out. The phenomenon could be best observed without specific instruments for three hours, between 9 am and noon, the son’s maximum blotting area was of 78 per cent around 10.35 am.
The phenomenon could be observed in Galati as well, where hundreds of people gathered at the newly inaugurated Natural Science Museum Observatory. The Galati observatory has a 60 mm Solar Max telescope unique in Romania which allowed astrology lovers to observe the details of the event; also, those who did not get to use the telescope could watch details live from a special HD camera connected to a large screen.

The previous solar eclipse visible in Romania took place on August 11, 1999. It was a total solar eclipse. There will be four partial sun eclipses and two total moon eclipses in 2011. The latest total Sun eclipse took place on July 11 last year in the South Pacific and the next one will take place on November 13, 2012 and will be visible in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the South America.

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