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Time to break out those special eclipse glasses.

Talia Avakian
February 12, 2018

If you missed last month’s Super Blue Blood Moon, you’re in for another astronomical treat: A partial solar eclipse will grace the skies this week.

As NASA describes, a partial solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth don’t line up perfectly, meaning the moon only covers a portion of the sun with its shadow. 

The illusion can create mesmerizing crescent shapes or make it appear as though there's a chunk missing from the sun.

The eclipse will happen on Feb. 15 and will be visible across South America and Antarctica, according to Time and Date, giving viewers in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil, and southern Paraguay the chance to witness the sight.

It will start in the afternoon, and the maximum eclipse (when the axis of the moon’s shadow cone passes closest to Earth’s center) will arrive about two hours later, with the total event lasting for around four hours.

Depending on where you’re looking, the amount the sun blocks the moon will vary, increasing the more south you are. The moon is expected to cover up to 40 percent of the sun in locations like Ushuaia, Argentina, according to National Geographic.

Even though the eclipse is partial, you’ll still want to use protective measures because it is dangerous to look directly into the sun.

NASA recommends opting for either eclipse glasses or using a pinhole projection to view the image safely.

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