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Total Solar Eclipse on Monday 21st of August 2017

What is a total solar eclipse?

During a total solar eclipse, the moon covers the entire disk of the sun.

On Monday 21st of August 2017 we will be able to see this rare and beautiful phenomenon known as “American Eclipse”. In America, people will be able to see a complete solar eclipse while in other areas such as Málaga it will be seen partially.

As predicted by the astronomers decades in advance, the shadow arrives with perfect accuracy, and touches down in the north Pacific Ocean at 16:48:33 UT*, at local sunrise. (At that spot, the Sun will actually rise while totally eclipsed. This is a sight few people – even veteran eclipse chasers – have seen, and from what we hear, it is quite uncanny.)

Eclipses are normally named after their darkest phase. If a solar eclipse is total at any point on Earth, it is called a total solar eclipse, even though it’s seen as a partial solar eclipse in most areas.

Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

In Spain you would see a partial solar eclipse and in Málaga it will start at 20:47.

We invite you to see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights.

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