Today was the first eclipse of the year 2011. Yes, toady was the first partial solar eclipse of the year 2011. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun. A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the moon’s shadow misses the earth.
Partial solar eclipse will occur on January 4. It will begin at 6:40:11 UT and end at 11:00:54 UT. Maximum eclipse , will take place at 8:50:35 UT, in Sweden, at this point, 85 percent of the sun will be blocked.The eclipse will be visible near sunrise over most of Europe and northeastern Asia. It will end at sunset over western Asia. A minor partial eclipse can also be glimpsed by North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The astrological influence of this solar eclipse on different zodiac signs is given below.
According to NASA, four partial solar and two total lunar eclipses will take place in 2011. This combination is extremely rare, having happened only six times in the 21st century.
The next eclipse (Second Partial Solar Eclipse) will take place on June 1, 2011. It will be visible in East Asia, the northern region of North America, and some islands in the North Atlantic.
The Third Eclipse (Total Lunar Eclipse) will take place on June 15, 2011.
The fourth eclipse (Third Partial Solar Eclipse) will take place on July 1, 2011.
The fifth eclipse (Fourth Partial Solar Eclipse) will take place on November 25, 2011.
The last eclipse of the year (Second Total Lunar Eclipse) will take place on December 10, 2011.