Annular solar eclipse of 2020 today: June 21st

Annular solar eclipse of 2020 today: June 21st 2020
(A representational image of Annular solar eclipse| photo: Twitter)

Kohima, June 21 (NE): An annular solar eclipse will occur today, June 21, 2020. Eclipses happen when the Moon lines up right between the Sun and Earth, allowing it to block out part or all of the Sun’s bright face and cast a shadow on Earth.

Nagaland will be able to view the eclipse starting at around 11:04 am, maximum at 12:53 pm and ends at 14:28 pm, as per a chart given by timeanddate.

According to NASA, the June 21, 2020 is an annular eclipse visible primarily in Africa and Asia. During an annular eclipse, the Moon is too far from Earth and its apparent size is too small to entirely block out the face of the Sun, leaving a silver of the Sun visible around the Moon’s edge during the eclipse and creating a “ring of fire” effect.

Outside the path of annularity, people in other parts of Africa, Asia and even some of Europe and the Pacific have a chance to see a partial solar eclipse, weather permitting. The degree of the partial eclipse depends on how close you are to the path of annularity. Locations far from the path of annularity will see only a small part of the Sun covered by the Moon, while places close to the path will see almost all of the Sun obscured.

NASA warns that no matter where you are, you must take safety precautions to watch the eclipse safely. There is no part of an annular eclipse during which it is safe to look directly at the Sun. You must use a proper solar filter or an indirect viewing method during all phases of the eclipse, even if only a tiny sliver of the Sun is visible around the Moon’s edge, that’s still enough to cause damage to your eyes.

Today’s solar eclipse will start at 9:15 am IST and will end at 4:04 pm. The maximum eclipse time is set at 12:10 pm. This is when you will be able to see that gorgeous ring of fire. So, the solar eclipse will last less than seven hours.

As per a report from the IndianExpress, the eclipse will begin at 10:00 am IST in Mumbai, with the Moon blocking the Sun’s upper side and slowly covering the Sun. The peak of the solar eclipse will be reached at 11:37 am IST and it will end at 1:27 pm IST.

“The solar eclipse will be visible from 10:20 am to 1:48 pm with maximum visibility at 12:01 pm in Delhi. Sun will be visible like a necklace. It will travel West to East.

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