Annular solar eclipse on June 21 to be visible in India

Katie Ramirez
June 17, 2020

The Department of Astronomical Affairs has issued advisory to those who would like to see the annular solar eclipse in Oman next Sunday.

The so-called annular eclipse will create a handsome ring of fire effect when the Moon and Sun cross paths. "Sri Lankans will not have the opportunity to observe a solar eclipse in another two years as the next solar eclipse due is on October 22, 2022", Prof Jayaratne said.

The June 21 eclipse will be particularly grand, as the moon will block out 99 percent of the sun, making it a near-total solar eclipse.

Then, a total eclipse will plunge the United Kingdom into temporary darkness with just under 100 percent eclipsing on August 12, 2026.

A solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to cross in front of the disk of the sun.

An annular solar eclipse, which occurs when the disc of the moon covers the central portion of the sun leaving only a ring-like peripheral region called the "ring of fire" visible - will happen on June 21, Debiprosad Duari, the director (research and academic) of MP Birla Planetarium, said. He explained with an informative presentation the science behind the occurrence of a solar eclipse.

This, however, will not be the first solar eclipse to take place in 2020.

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The path of the annular solar eclipse will start near Gharsana in Rajasthan around 10:12 am and the phase of annularity will begin around 11:49 am and end at 11:50 am, Director of the MP Birla Planetarium Debi Prasad Duari was quoted as saying to news agency PTI.

The first annular eclipse will not be visible to the UK.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the angular diameter of the moon falls short of that of the sun and it fails to cover up the latter completely.

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A scientist in Chennai has claimed the connection of COVID-19 outbreak with December 26 solar eclipse. In south and east Europe and north Australia, a partial eclipse will be visible.

Experts had warned people not to look directly at the sun without any protective eye apparatus as it could damage eyesight.

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