The world will see its last eclipse of the year on Saturday, when the moon will partially block out light from the sun.
The eclipse will start at 4:02 a.m. Eastern Time and move over the northeastern edges of Canada, including parts of Nunavut, before reaching Greenland, Iceland and the northern parts of Europe, Russia and China.
Canadians will only be able to spot it early in the morning in Nunavut, but the rest of the country – and the entire U.S. – will be out of luck.
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The eclipse will reach its peak at 5:46 a.m. ET (9:45 a.m. Universal Time) off the northern coast of Russia, over the Chukchi Sea, NASA says. At this point, 69 per cent of the sun will be obscured.
Curious skywatchers are advised not to look directly at the sun during the rare cosmic event, because it won’t be completely covered and its light can still cause eye damage.
Eclipse glasses, a pinhole viewer or a telescope with a solar filter are the safest ways to watch the eclipse, NASA says.
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The space agency says Saturday will be the last eclipse, lunar or solar, of the calendar year.
Southern Australia saw a partial solar eclipse on July 13, and Antarctica and South America witnessed one on Feb. 15 of this year.
The next partial solar eclipse will occur over northeast Asia and the northern part of the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 6, according to NASA projections. However, it’ll be nearly a full year until the next total eclipse, which is slated to happen on July 2, 2019, over South America and the Pacific Ocean.
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