Sky gazers are all set to witness the first solar eclipse of 2018 though it's a partial solar eclipse (aanshik surya grahan). total solar eclipse and partial solar eclipse are different as in the latter only part of the solar disk is obscured. Scientists have warned that any kind of eclipse should not be watched with naked eyes. Aanshik surya graham is going to take place today on February 15 and will be visible in countries like Argentina, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay, and in Antarctica.
Where to watch
People can watch the live streaming on the YouTube channel of NASA. It can be seen from 6:55 PM to 10:47 PM (UTC) and 12:25 AM to 4:17 AM (IST, February 16).
Why should solar eclipse not be seen with naked eyes?
Watching solar eclipse or partial solar eclipse with naked eyes, even for few seconds, can result in impairment of vision. Thus, scientists have always suggested to special-purpose solar filters to watch these celestial events.
Things to keep in mind while using solar filters
NASA has suggested that people should be very careful while buying solar filters. In case they are scratched or damaged, don’t use it. Don’t remover your filters while watching the eclipse. First turn and then remove it. Don’t look at the partially eclipsed sun with telescope, binoculars or unfiltered camera.