India, other countries witness annular solar eclipse

India, other countries witness annular solar eclipse

New Delhi, Jun 21: The first solar eclipse of the year 2020 ended at 1410 hours on Sunday, which was witnessed by India and other countries.
The solar event began at 1025 hours in northern parts of the country, and during the episode the circle around the sun looked as if it was a shining ring. The mid- part of the eclipse occurred around 1210 hours when the sun appeared like a ring of fire.
Eclipse was witnessed in Africa, Asia, and in some parts of Europe and interestingly the peak of the eclipse was observed in northern India at around 1208 hours. Earlier, the annular eclipse event was witnessed on December 26 last year in Southern part of the country, while partially was seen at several other places across the country. The next such eclipse is likely to occur in India during the next decade on May 21, 2031, and complete solar eclipse will take place on March 20, 2034. The government’s science and technology department had arranged for the live telecast of the event over the social media.
It was witnessed at Anupgarh, Suratgarh, Jakhal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Dehradun, Tapovan and Joshimath, while in rest of the country people could only see partial eclipse. The annular eclipse was initially seen at the western border area of Ghersana in the morning at around 1150, where it could be witnessed for 30 seconds.
Uttarakhand’s Kalanka was the last prominent point to witness the annular eclipse at around 1210 hours, where the event could be seen for 28 seconds. During this event the moon covered almost 99.5 per cent of the sun as viewed from here.