solar eclipse (illustration)
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A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Israel on the morning of Sunday, June 21.

The eclipse will begin at 7:25 AM and reach its peak at 8:24 AM. The eclipse will end at 9:30 AM and last a total of 2 hours and 5 minutes.

An eclipse is caused when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. A partial eclipse occurs when the sun is partially occluded. A total eclipse occurs when the sun is completely occluded by the moon.

The eclipse will be seen from most of Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, most of Asia, including India and China, as well as North Australia. A total eclipse will be visible in parts of Africa, the southern Arabian Peninsula, Northern India, and southern China.

Israelis are advised not to look directly at the eclipse. Looking at an eclipse can cause retinal damage known as "eclipse blindness”and solar retinopathy and lead to permanent eye damage. Even normal sunglasses do not protect the eyes when looking directly at an eclipse. Only special