New Delhi, June 10: Get ready to witness another cosmic phenomenon of the year as the first Annular Ring of Fire, solar eclipse, Surya Grahan is going to occur o Thursday and, people across the northern hemisphere will get a chance to experience an annular or partial eclipse of the Sun.
What is going to happen?
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth, fully or partially blocking the Sun’s light in some areas. This spectacular astronomical event can occur only during the New Moon phase.
During an annular eclipse, the Moon is far enough away from Earth that the Moon appears smaller than the Sun in the sky. Since the Moon does not block the entire view of the Sun, it will look like a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk. This creates what looks like a ring of fire around the Moon.
Who will be able to see this cosmic phenomena?
It will be visible from parts of Canada, Greenland, and Russia. In India, the annular solar eclipse will be visible only in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, meanwhile, people leaving in part of the country can watch the event online. At different locations, the eclipse will be visible at different times.
When it occurs?
It is scheduled to begin here at 1:42 pm and will end at 6:41 pm. The peak time will come around 4:16 pm when both the Sun and Moon will conjunct exactly at 25 degrees in the Taurus sign.
In Arunachal Pradesh, the eclipse will appear near the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary at around 5:52 pm. At the same time, it will be visible in the northern part of Ladakh at around 6 pm. The eclipse will last for barely 3-4 minutes depending upon the position.
How to watch?
Even if there is a partial eclipse do not watch it with bare eyes. Looking directly at the Sun can cause permanent eye damage. Use special solar eclipse glasses or hand-held solar eclipse viewers Check your solar filter, if it has a scratch or is damaged in any way do not use it.
If you wish to take pictures of the solar eclipse, you need to use special protective filters for your camera and lens.
What if you miss it?
There will be only two solar eclipses in 2021. The second one will occur on December 4 and it will be a total solar eclipse. Unfortunately, the total phase will be visible only from Antarctica; in many other regions, observers will see only a partial solar eclipse.