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WA will see a partial eclipse on Tuesday.
WA will see a partial eclipse on Tuesday.

Some parts of the world will see the entire annular eclipse. From WA only a partial eclipse of the sun will be seen.

An eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in a straight line in space.

In the case of a solar eclipse, the moon is between the sun and earth and the moon’s shadow moves across the sun.

An annular eclipse occurs when the moon is farther away from earth on its oval-shaped orbit around our planet.

It means the disc of the moon doesn’t cover the whole of the sun when it passes in front of it.

In Perth, the partial solar eclipse begins at 1.17pm with the maximum eclipse at 2.42pm. By 3.59pm, it’s all over!

To safely view the solar eclipse, try a pinhole projection. Put a pinhole through a piece of card or paper. Face this toward the sun.

As the sun’s light comes through the pinhole, a projection can be cast on another nearby surface.

Remember, never look at the sun directly as it can cause permanent eye damage or blindness.

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