A solar eclipse will traverse the sky of the northern hemisphere this Thursday in the middle of the day.
If, in Europe, it will be visible only partially, it remains observable and therefore dangerous for the eyes.
The maximum of the eclipse is expected between 11:55 am and 12:20 pm.
The Moon will slowly slide past the Sun this Thursday.
A solar eclipse will cross the sky of the northern hemisphere for a period of 2 hours this Thursday in the middle of the day.
The phenomenon will take place on a strip of about 500 km running from Canada to Siberia, passing through Europe.
In France, it will only be partial and we will not feel a drop in brightness, but it will still remain dangerous for the eyes.
The maximum of the eclipse will take place between 11:55 am and 12:20 pm.
To see it at best, you have to go to Brest.
Noon will be the perfect time to follow this show.
Watch out for his retina
We speak of a total eclipse when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are perfectly aligned.
Thus, this Thursday, in Canada, in northern Russia or in Greenland, the eclipse will be almost total.
In Western Europe, and particularly in France, it will only be partial and more or less depending on the location.
Thus, the sun will be in the dark only 13% in Paris and 3% in Marseille.
Conversely, the best spot to see this heavenly spectacle is in the West of France, in Brest.
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As always, it is absolutely necessary to avoid observing the sun with the naked eye, recalls Milan Maksimovic, astrophysicist at the Paris Observatory. "It only takes a few seconds to potentially burn the retina. There have been accidents staring into the sun so you should never do it." Thus, he advises, "to observe, the best it is the eclipse observation glasses. What also works well are the welding masks". Precautions to enjoy the spectacle, which is "always a moving moment" for the astrophysicist.