Island to experience a partial eclipse

Make text smaller Make text larger

  • Darkening skies: Bermuda will fall under a partial eclipse of the sun on Monday

    Darkening skies: Bermuda will fall under a partial eclipse of the sun on Monday


Bermuda will experience a darkening of the afternoon sky next Monday due to a partial eclipse of the sun.

At the height of the eclipse, the moon will obscure 85 per cent of the sun.

The island will fall beneath the partial shadow cast by the moon as it passes between the Earth and sun on August 21.

Bermuda is on the fringe of a much anticipated total solar eclipse that will be experienced across parts of the US as the moon perfectly aligns with the sun when viewed from the Earth.

Beneath a path about 70 miles wide, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, the sun will be completely hidden by the moon. Those areas will experience total darkness for a few minutes as the moon’s shadow traverses the country. On average, a total solar eclipse occurs somewhere in the world every 18 months, although partial eclipses, such as the one Bermuda will experience, occur a little more frequently.

In Bermuda, the gradual darkening of the sky will begin around 2.51pm when a small portion of the sun is blocked by the moon as it begins to cross in front of it.

The partial eclipse will reach its maximum at 4.12pm when 85 per cent of the sun will be hidden.

The moon will complete its traverse of the sun, when viewed from Bermuda, at 5.25pm.

Skywatchers should note that it is never safe to look directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse.

Further details on the eclipse are available at https://tinyurl.com/y7pel5ep

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Aug 15, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 7:22 am)

Island to experience a partial eclipse

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    Today's Obituaries