A Solar eclipse takes place when The Earth, Moon and Sun come in a straight line.
Depending on where you are in the world, you may have been able to witness the Moon slightly obscure the Sun in a partial solar eclipse today.
This weekend's solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse of the sun, not the spectacular total solar eclipse that thrilled millions past year.
On August 11, a part of the Sun will appear to be covered by the Moon's shadow. Having arrived at the ascending node nearly too late for the partial solar eclipse on July 13, the moon now passes the same node nearly too early.
Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!
NASA explained: "While observing this month, not all of the meteors you'll see belong to the Perseid meteor shower ". During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.
People in northern China will on Saturday afternoon get to experience the only solar eclipse visible to the country this year. Never look at the solar eclipse directly as it could blind you or lead to severe eye damage. Also during that eclipse, the moon crossed the ecliptic going from north to south, the descending node of its orbit. "But the only reason behind these myths was ignorance and lack of knowledge", he said, adding, "During an eclipse, you can do all the activities and follow all your dietary habits that you do on a daily basis".
The August eclipse began over the cold North Atlantic and Greenland before moving in a northeast direction.
Although in India, skywatchers won't be able to watch the partial solar eclipse. As the moon passes in between the sun and the earth, the angle will be such that the centre of the shadow of the moon will not fall on the Earth so the effect won't be as dramatic. The moon will cover approximately 73% of the sun when the eclipse is at its peak, according to NASA.
Making a pinhole in cardboard and holding it above a piece of paper on the ground can project the image of the solar eclipse without gazing at the Sun. Addressing this particular belief of poisonous food during a solar eclipse, NASA had said previous year, "Related to the false idea of harmful solar rays is that during a total solar eclipse, some kind of radiation is produced that will harm your food".