Annual Solar Eclipse 2020: Don’t Look At The Sun Today

SRINAGAR: India on Sunday witnessed annual solar eclipse or ‘surya grahan’ 2020, the third eclipse this year after first two lunar eclipses took place in January and June and the last annual solar eclipse of this decade.

Jayarami Reddy Konda, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Science City of Andhra Pradesh, has appealed to the public not to look at the sun with the naked eye during the solar eclipse.

Reddy said the solar eclipse will begin at 10.37 a.m. and continue till 1.37 p.m. on Sunday (June 21). “The solar eclipse will be visible at its peak at 12.20 p.m. People are requested to watch the eclipse with the help of skygazers, box projectors, binoculars or telescopes,” he said.

Science City of A.P. is not conducting the safe viewing of the solar eclipse this time due to the pandemic, the CEO said in a press release.

The solar eclipse started from around 9 a.m. across the Indian map as the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth came in a straight line, and the country witnessed the ‘deepest’ annular solar eclipse in over a century.

Astrologers said it a fourth super rare hybrid eclipse which is a mix between an annular and total solar eclipse.

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In the eclipse, the distance of the Moon and Earth will be larger than usual which means the moon will not be able to cover up the sun fully and will leave out the borders of the sun – giving an appearance of a “Ring of Fire”.

Press Information Bureau in a tweet informed that it  is the last annular solar eclipse in India of this decade.

People can catch glimpse of the partially covered sun between 10 a.m. and 2.28 p.m. as per the time differing as locations in India. The eclipse will continue for over three hours covering 84 per cent Sun.

There are three types of solar eclipses – total, partial, and annular.

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