A solar eclipse is a rare astronomical event during which the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are aligned in a straight line or near perfect straight configuration to the extent that the Moon passes between Sun and Earth, blocking the rays of Sun from directly reaching the Earth, then we witness a the lunar shadow called solar eclipse on Earth.

Iran (IMNA) - This is the first solar eclipse of 2020 unfolds on the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere; this eclipse is the second coincidence since 1982 that the two celestial events come about on the same day.

The partial phase of the solar eclipse has begun at 9 a.m. and will end at 11:30 a.m. in Isfahan; the maximum eclipse will took place at 10: 15 a.m., creating a spectacular image for sky gazers.

Looking at the Sun directly and without proper eye protection can cause permanent damage to the retina as the ultraviolet light floods your retina, leading to tissues get burned; so, it is recommended to use special goggles or watch it online through live footages on media or webcasts; Timeanddate will be hosting a live stream of the eclipse on its website.

The eclipse will not be visible for people in the southern hemisphere.

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