Lucky skywatchers in certain parts of the globe have today (June 21st) been treated to a dramatic solar eclipse.
Moving east, the annular eclipse will cross over Asia and Africa before hitting its maximum eclipse - where a complete ring of light engulfs the moon - when it reaches Uttarakhan, India at 12.10pm local time.
As per the details, "an annular solar eclipse happens when the moon covers the sun's centre, leaving the sun's visible outer edges to form a "ring of fire" or annulus around the moon". However, on the day when India was witnessing a historic solar eclipse, the rain hampered the view for Guwahatians.
Jammu, Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur were among the first places in India to witness the solar eclipse.
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AFP/ Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFPA partial solar eclipse is seen from the Cairo suburb of Maadi, Egypt, June 21, 2020. Several autonomous institutions of DST like Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore, and Vigyan Prasar captured the eclipse from different locations and organized live streaming via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook.
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There are four types of solar eclipse: total, partial, annular, and hybrid.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Looking at the intensive rays emitting from the Sun might prove harmful for people viewing the eclipse with their naked eyes. The eclipse was indeed breathtaking and many citizens actually shared snippets of the event, scroll down to have a look!
One of the safe methods to watch the eclipse is through projection.
This will be the last eclipse that will be visible from India for the next 28 months. It will then move on to Tibet, China, Taiwan, before ending at the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
There will be a second solar eclipse in 2020 on December 14 over South America.