Witness year’s first solar eclipse this Sunday
This Father’s Day coincides with many more things. Yes, it’s also International Yoga Day but even star gazers in India are in for a treat on June 21. India will witness the first Surya Grahan or solar eclipse of 2020. It will be an annular eclipse in some parts while for most of the country it will be partial. In India, the Surya Grahan will start near Gharsana in Rajasthan around 10:12 am.
Where can it be seen?
The ‘ring of fire’ can best be seen, just for a minute, from Suratgarh and Anupgarh in Rajasthan, Sirsa, Ratia and Kurukshetra in Haryana, and Dehradun, Chamba, Chamoli and Joshimath in Uttarakhand.
People in Congo in Africa will be able to see the eclipse first and then it will progress through South Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Indian Ocean and Pakistan, before entering India over Rajasthan. Later it will move on to Tibet, China, Taiwan, before ending somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
What’s Solar Eclipse?
The annular solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and the Earth are aligned in a straight line and almost on the same plane. At that moment, the Moon must be farther away from the earth in its elliptical orbit and hence, cannot cover the disc of the sun completely, resulting in a narrow band of light around the dark silhouette of the Moon, making the ring of fire visible.
Dos and don’ts
It’s anyway advisable not to look at the sun directly but during an eclipse you should be more careful. If you want to watch the eclipse, wear solar protection glasses.
As tempting as it may be, don’t try to take a picture of the eclipse from your phone. Even professional photographers use special glasses for this.
Try not to go out as driving is not deemed safe during the eclipse.