WATCH: A partial solar eclipse has come to Israel

The eclipse started at 12:58 p.m. Tuesday but is set to peak at around 2:11 p.m. before ending around an hour later.  The next one is in 2027.

 Israelis are seen looking at the partial solar eclipse in the sky above Givatayim with protective eyeware, on October 25, 2022. (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Israelis are seen looking at the partial solar eclipse in the sky above Givatayim with protective eyeware, on October 25, 2022.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

Israel was experiencing a partial solar eclipse, the last until 2027, with nearly half of the Sun covered by the Moon on Tuesday.

The eclipse started at 12:58 p.m. Tuesday but is set to peak at around 2:11 p.m. before ending around an hour later. 

The Moon will cover 41%-47% of the Sun for viewers in Israel during the eclipse, depending on location, according to the Israel Space Agency. People in Western Russia and Kazakhstan will have the best view of the eclipse, with the Moon covering as much as 82% of the Sun from that vantage point.

This is only a partial solar eclipse, and not a total eclipse. This is what happens when the Moon completely covers up the Sun, leaving only the Sun’s corona – its outer atmosphere – visible.

How to safely view an eclipse

Viewing an eclipse should only be done with specialized eye protection, except for the very short period during which a total solar eclipse is at totality and completely blocking the Sun.

Special “eclipse glasses” or a safe solar viewer are the only safe ways to directly view a non-total eclipse. Sunglasses won’t cut it.

 An Israeli is seen using protective lensing to view the partial solar eclipse in Givatayim, on October 25, 2022. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV) An Israeli is seen using protective lensing to view the partial solar eclipse in Givatayim, on October 25, 2022. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

Viewing the eclipse through a camera, binoculars or telescope should only be done with a special solar filter placed over the lenses, even if you’re wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer, as the concentrated solar rays can burn through those glasses or viewers.

Another option to view the eclipse is to use an indirect viewing method, such as a pinhole projector. Instructions for making indirect viewing devices out of common household items are available on the Internet. Even with an indirect viewing device, it’s important to never look directly at the Sun.

However, if you did manage to get a picture or video of the eclipse, then the Israel Space Agency might just be interested in it. 

Next eclipse in Israel in 2027

According to the Israel Space Agency, it will be another five years until a solar eclipse is visible in Israel again, with the next one on August 2, 2027.

The 2027 event will be a total solar eclipse, although the totality will not be visible in Israel. The Moon in that eclipse will cover up about 89%-74% of the Sun as seen from Israel.

Those wishing to see the total eclipse in 2027 will need to travel to Egypt, Spain or Morocco. (The other countries experiencing the total eclipse do not yet have diplomatic relations with Israel.)