A partial solar eclipse is seen behind a plane from Tokyo's Koto Ward on Jan. 6, 2019. The astronomical spectacle was visible from Japan for the first time in about three years since March 2016. When a solar eclipse happens, the moon goes across the sun at the near side to the Earth and hides part of the sun. In the Odaiba district of Tokyo, the sun appeared as if a portion is missing behind the moon just before 9 a.m. and roughly 30 percent of the star was hidden by the moon just after 10 a.m. Another partial solar eclipse will be seen in Japan on Dec. 26 this year.
(Japanese original by Taku Nishikawa, Science & Environment News Department)