How the first solar eclipse of 2020 was seen in Asian cities overshadowed by the moon
The first solar eclipse of this year took place on Sunday. The Shadow of the Moon passed through West Africa, southern Saudi Arabia, India (not far from New Delhi), crossed the Himalayas, Tibet, China, Taiwan, and ended in the East China Sea. Below, how the solar eclipse could be seen in the cities and countries from which it was visible, in pictures.
The sun can be viewed safely using a green welding filter. Looking at the Sun every five minutes we can see how the edge of the Moon will touch its disk.
Those who have an astronomical instrument must be very careful in observing the eclipse. A safe method can be used, the projection method. A white card or white sheet is placed behind the telescope or telescope. The Sun's disk will be projected on a sheet where the eclipse can be observed, by several spectators at once. No filter will be used when using the projection method.
An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs when the length of the axis of the shadow cone of the Moon is less than the distance Earth-Moon, the tip of the shadow cone being located between two bodies. For the terrestrial points in the field delimited by the extension of the shadow cone, an annular eclipse of the Sun will take place, from these points being visible a peripheral ring of the Sun in the form of a "ring of fire". The Sun and the Moon are perfectly aligned with the Earth, the apparent diameter of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun;
As the moon is quite far from Earth on this day, it will not be able to obscure all the light of the Sun sent to earth. From the Sun you will only see the edge in the shape of a "ring of fire" that surrounds the dark Moon.
A solar eclipse always occurs during the New Moon phase. Solar eclipses can be of three types: partial, annular and total. A total eclipse occurs every 40 years, visible from the same region of the earth.
Astronomical events in 2022 Full Moon Eclipse Details, Meteor Showers: Where to watch, how long it will last and more
In 2021, we had suborbital flights, we had a rover that landed on Mars, we sent the James Webb telescope, the best so far, in space and we expect many "gifts" in 2022. What will we see in 2022 , if we look up at the sky?
One of them will be visible for only 20 minutes, because the Moon is setting. We will have a lunar eclipse on May 16th. Basically, we will have to look at the moon in the morning, around 5 a.m, and we will find that it is very close to the horizon, because it is starting to set, but then it will start to enter the shadow of the Earth. It will be a spectacular phenomenon because we will see both the eclipsed sunset and the rising sun.
We will have another partial solar eclipse, which will be visible from us, on October 25. There, the Sun will be about 45 percent covered by the Moon. But it is a beautiful eclipse of the Sun, which will be seen, and for us the advantage is that it is partially visible from anywhere in the world, so we should not be "upset" that others could see it in full.
The new year will surely be a delight for heavenly viewers, with plenty of celestial events on the calendar. Here are the main events in the sky in 2022, so you can prepare your binoculars and telescope.
There are 12 phases of the full moon in 2022, and two of them qualify as supermoons. The definitions of a supermoon may vary, but the term generally refers to a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than normal, and therefore appears larger in the night sky.
Some astronomers say that the phenomenon occurs when the Moon is at 90% of perigee, the closest to Earth in orbit. According to this definition, the full moon in June as well as July will be considered supermoon events.
Here is the list of full astronomical events for 2022:
January 17: Moon of the Wolf
February 16: Snow Month
March 18: Worm Moon
April 16: Pink Moon
May 16: Flower Month
June 14: Strawberry Month
July 13: Deer Moon
August 11: Moon Sturgeon
September 10: Harvest Month
October 9: Hunter's Month
November 8: Beaver Month
December 7: Cold Moon
Lunar and solar eclipses
Partial solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, but only blocks some of its light. Be sure to wear appropriate eclipse goggles to see solar eclipses safely, as light can be harmful to the eyes.
A partial solar eclipse on April 30 can be seen in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific Ocean and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Another eclipse on October 25 will be visible in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, India and western China.
A lunar eclipse can only occur during the full moon, when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align and the Moon passes in the shadow of the Earth. The earth casts two shadows on the moon during the eclipse. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the shadow is the complete, dark one.
There will be two total lunar eclipses and two partial solar eclipses in 2022, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.
When the full moon passes in the shadow of the Earth, it darkens, but does not disappear. Sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere illuminates the Moon dramatically, turning it red, which is why it is often referred to as the "blood moon."
The new year begins with the Quadrantid meteor shower, which is expected to peak in the night hours between January 2 and 3 for those in North America, according to the American Meteor Society.
The annual Perseid meteor shower in August is a real delight for those observing the sky, as it produces extremely many streaks of light through our atmosphere.
It is the first of 12 meteor showers during the year, although the next, the Lyrid meteor shower, does not reach its peak until April.
Here are the other rains to watch in 2022:
Lyrids: April 21-22
And Aquariids: May 4-5
Southern Delta Aquariums: July 29-30
Alpha Capricorns: July 30-31
Perseids: August 11-12
Orionids: October 20-21
Southern Taurids: November 4-5
Northern Taurids: November 11-12
Leonids: November 17-18
Geminids: December 13-14
Bears: December 21-22
If the sky remains clear, the Quarantines should reach their peak on the evening of January 3, after 20:00.
Lyride, meteor shower - April 21. In 2022, meteor showers will peak on the night of April 22 until the early hours of April 23.
Eta Aquarid, meteor shower - May 6. The meteor shower will peak on the night of May 5 to May 6.
Caused by Comet Halley, this meteor shower can be seen especially by people living in the southern hemisphere.
Super Moon - July 13th. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to the Earth during its orbit, at the same time as a full moon, making the Moon appear significantly larger and brighter. In 2022 you will be able to see this show in mid-July.
Perseids, meteor showers - August 12 and 13. Perseids can be seen from mid-July to late August, but the peak will be between August 12 and 13.
Orionids, meteor showers - October 21. If it is dark at night, it is possible to see between 10 and 20 meteors in the sky every hour.
Partial solar eclipse - October 25. The eclipse will be visible in the UK, Europe and parts of the Middle East on October 25.
Geminids, meteor shower - December 14. The meteor shower will take place for about two weeks, but the meteorites can be seen best on December 14th.
The first meteor shower of the year, Quadrantidele, has its maximum manifestation period in January, in 2022 it takes place on the night of January 3 to 4. This meteor shower has its radiant in the constellation Bootes and is one of the strongest meteor currents, producing between 100 and 140 meteors per hour. The meteors of this current are bright and very fast.
In the year 2022, on April 14, we will have the phenomenon of the Black Moon (sometimes called in English "Dark Moon" - or "Lilith", meaning "Dark Moon" or "Black Moon"). The moon is the only natural satellite of planet Earth and has no light of its own, but only reflects that received from the Sun. There are several ways to calculate the occurrence of the phenomenon called the Black Moon: the third phase of the New Moon in a season in which there are four such monthly phases (a year with four seasons of three months each); the second phase of the New Moon in a month in which two such phases occur; the month in which the New Moon phase does not occur and the month in which the Full Moon phase does not occur
In 2022, there will be four eclipses (two lunar and two solar), according to NASA. Both lunar eclipses are total and will occur on May 16 and November 8, respectively. The first will be visible from the Americas, Europe and Africa, and the second from Asia, Australia, the Pacific and the two continents, according to eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.
The 2022 solar eclipses will be partial and will occur on April 30 and October 25, respectively. April will be observed in the Southeast Pacific, and October in Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East and West Asia,
The four astronomical events that mark the beginning of the four seasons in 2022 occur at: March 20 17 h 33 m - spring equinox, June 21 12 h 14 m - summer solstice, September 23 04 h 04 m - autumn equinox , on December 21 23 h 38 m - the winter solstice.
On January 20, from an astrological point of view, the transition to the zodiac sign Aquarius is made, until February 18.
In 2022, a real heavenly spectacle is announced
We also have as a spectacular phenomenon the approach of the planet Mars. Mars is approaching Earth in December and will reach about 80 million kilometers from us. At the same time, on the evening when it is best seen all year round, the Moon will cross Mars and cover it. An occultation between the Moon and Mars will be seen somewhere around 7:00 in the morning.
We have other visible planets. For example, in the morning of March, you will see four planets in the sky: Mercury, Mars, Venus and Saturn. Then Mars will meet Saturn in April, and they will be side by side in the morning. Venus will also meet Jupiter on May 1st. From July, all year round, three planets will be seen all night: Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. They will remain visible until the end of the year.
The year of the recapture of the moon
On the other hand, 2022 will be the year of the recapture of the Moon, because almost all the states that can afford it will launch probes towards the Moon. The Americans will launch their Artemis system to the moon and back, with no people on board, will test to see if everything works. India and China will also launch probes to the moon, and it appears that Ukraine also wants to launch a satellite to study the moon closely.
The number of cases of coronavirus in the world as of May 13, according to Johns Hopkins University, exceeded 4.2 million. But in some countries, depending on the specific epidemiological situation, the previously introduced restrictions are gradually mitigated. In Europe, quarantine measures were started in April.
In India, after seven weeks of quarantine, rail links partially opened. Flights from several major cities, including New Delhi and Mumbai, became available. Passengers control the temperature, they must treat their hands with a disinfectant when boarding the train and at the end of the trip.
In Germany, people returned to the gyms.
Czech authorities allowed restaurants to open summer verandas.
In Israel, parks were opened and allowed to use outdoor sports equipment while maintaining social distance.
In Bangladesh, some factories, logistics services and shops were allowed to return to work, but with limited working hours.
Schools are gradually returning to work in France: indoors, social distance must be respected, so most children will continue to study remotely.
In Los Angeles were opened walking trails. In crowded places, such as parking, the use of masks is mandatory.
In Switzerland were opened shops, museums and libraries.
Hairdressers opened in Turkey.
In the UK, people were allowed to sunbathe in the parks nearby from housing and to engage in sports without restrictions.
Iranian authorities opened mosques during several holy nights of Ramadan.
In Buenos Aires (Argentina) opened bookstores and children's stores.
In the Australian state of Victoria, people are allowed to meet friends and families. At home, you can receive up to five guests, and walking on the street - in a company consisting of a maximum of ten people.
Sometimes in bars, schools and various shopping centers there are such toilets that seemed to be created for show. No one wanted or tried to make them convenient to use. Here are 15 striking examples from Web users.
1. Transparent doors in booths are increasingly common.
2. The relief does not change the essence.
3. Or cabins are not needed at all?
4. Another option in one of the bars.
5. These booths are definitely not needed.
6. But it’s light.
7. Or so. It seems more strange.
8. And just a masterpiece.
9. Bugs bunny is that you?
10. Another viewer option with a flush button on the chest. It’s scary to imagine what is hidden behind the lid.
11. Cramped, but no offense
12. Almost like in a famous meme. Light version.
13. The mission is impossible in one of the schools: to get out of the booth without hitting the urinal.
14. Toilet for people with wheelchairs, which they are unlikely to be able to use.
Bemorepanda found out what to expect after lifting the restrictions. During quarantine we found out industries that are supposed to grow up rapidly during quarantine. We started using service that maybe where unnecessary for us before the pandemic. Here are the industries that are going to have a great success after the quarantine ends.
1. Grocery retail
No matter what happens, people will be hungry. In a stressful situation, we buy even more products. The process of absorption of food calms, and stocks on the shelves alleviate anxiety: suddenly that, and in the house there is buckwheat and potatoes.
2. Courier services
Grocery stores were allowed not to close; other shopping facilities were less fortunate. They, as well as public catering establishments, are saved by courier services that take delivery on themselves. If you leave the house (exclusively on business, of course), you can see how many people in the street are in branded clothes. They all carry something to someone. So the increase in revenue and the staff of courier services is a natural consequence of quarantine measures.
3. Online education
Learning through the Internet is a trend of recent years. It’s convenient when you don’t need to go to an English tutor through the whole city or you can get a profession sitting on your own couch. The web has many courses on any subject - from painting to physics. The pandemic added to the number of online students those who decided to learn something from boredom or who risk losing their profession in a crisis.
4. IT area
Prior to the advent of coronavirus, this industry did not complain about stagnation, but the pandemic gave it new growth points. One of them is tools for business. Due to restrictive measures, conservative spheres, which slowly and reluctantly went online, were forced to accelerate. Someone met a pandemic with outdated, barely working sites, while someone didn’t have a debug channel at all. All this required immediate intervention. This is where IT services came in handy.
5. Home fitness products
The pandemic dispersed into the apartments and lovers of fitness equipment, and runners, and people involved in horizontal bars. All of them had to decide the issue of training at home. Therefore, the demand for compact exercise machines, elastic bands and expanders, weights and dumbbells has grown.
Interest in online training has increased. If for fitness centers this is an attempt to upgrade the brand and save at least some kind of income, then for those who initially relied on it, this is a great opportunity for growth.
6. Juridic services
The demand for legal assistance does not come from a good life. Unfortunately, the pandemic creates all the conditions to throw people’s problems. We have to solve issues related to the closure of the business, job cuts, job loss, the use of credit and other banking products.
7. Intimate goods
On the one hand, the self-isolation regime closed access to new acquaintances and non-binding sex, and even loners would like to be released in a stressful situation. On the other hand, the couples were locked together.
Do you drink a lot while you sit at home?
The head of the Ministry of Health, Mikhail Murashko, during a speech in the State Duma, said that in Russia during the pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19, people egan to die more often from alcohol. He did not provide statistics, but noted that it is based on operational monitoring data on mortality rates.
Murashko also recalled the agency’s initiative to increase the age of alcohol sales from 18 to 21 years. According to him, now it is precisely from the age of 18 that mortality rates increase sharply, especially in men. And this must be fought.
Murashko noted that in conditions of self-isolation, the consumption of alcoholic beverages increased by 2-3%. However, alcohol in the current situation can have a negative effect on immunity, making you more vulnerable to the virus.
There are a lot of interesting stuff to do at home during the pandemic. It is the moment to spend all your time with your family, plan healthy meals and do sport. Maybe is the time to lose some weight? Do some exercises. Or maybe you want to increase your knowledge, so here you go with online courses.
Do not perceive alcohol as a method to waste your time during quarantine!