A solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon which occurs when the Earth passes through the shadow cast by the Moon and either partially or fully blocks the Sun. The latter will occur tomorrow in parts of Chile and Argentina when skywatchers will be treated to complete darkness for just a few seconds. However, there will be another solar eclipse in the future that we can expect to leave us in the dark for a lot longer than usual.
Brian Cox revealed during the filming of his 2010 series “Wonders of the Solar System” how scientists made the prediction.
The physicist, who was in India at the time, said: “Science is different to all the other belief systems in this city, because you don’t need faith in it, you can check that it works.
“So for example, I can tell you that tomorrow morning at precisely 6:24 am, the Moon will cover the face of the Sun and there will be a total solar eclipse.
“I can tell you that in 2904 there will be five solar eclipses on the Earth and I could tell you on July 1, 2186, there will be the longest solar eclipse for 5,000 years – seven minutes.”
Brian Cox ade the revelation during his BBC show (Image: GETTY)
Skywatchers will get a treat tonight (Image: GETTY)
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