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Don’t Miss Out on This Solar Eclipse. Date, Time, Where and How to Watch This Ring of Fire.

This solar eclipse is the first solar eclipse of the year. We all know there are three types of solar eclipse and this eclipse would be an annular solar eclipse. So be witness to this beautiful and very special solar eclipse.

What makes it special and why should we experienced this eclipse?

During the complete phase of this eclipse we will be able to see the Ring of Fire. This happens when the moon is farthest from the Earth and Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth.

When this occurs the Moon blocks the sun’s light from reaching the earth. The shadow of the Moon is then cast on the Earth and from that place we can see the eclipse.

As I said, when The Sun, Moon and planet Earth comes in line then the solar eclipse take place. The moon is farther away from the Earth; it appears smaller and does not block the complete view of the sun. Since the moon is in front of the sun so it looks like a dark disk and appears like a ring of fire.

The last annular solar eclipse was on Dec 26th, 2019 and it was in southern part of Earth now this would be in northern part.

Crown of White Flares, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Image Credits: NASA
Hinode's View of Sun on March 16, 2012
Image Credits:NASA

So where star gazer or night sky gazers or amateur astronomers will get an opportunity to observe the “Ring of Fire”?

That phase will begin around 11:49 am and end at 11:50 am on the coming Sunday. The ring of fire will be visible for that one minute and it would be visible from Suratgarh in Rajasthan; Sirsa and Kurukshetra in Haryana and Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

The starting and ending phase of this eclipse would be partial solar eclipse visible from other places like Africa and South Sudan, Ethiopia, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Then it will enter in India over Rajasthan, Panjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and other northern part of the India. Then it will move on to Tibet, China and Taiwan.

This solar eclipse will be lasted for 3 hours and 33 minutes, but the beginning and ending time would be different from different places. In central India eclipse will begin on Sun, 21 Jun 2020 at 10:17am. and ends on Sun, 21 Jun 2020 at 13:50 pm. in Kolkata, the partial eclipse will begin at 10:46 am and end at 2:17 pm. in Mumbai, from 10:22 am to 1:41 pm.

When will the next eclipse occurs?

There will not be any solar eclipse till next year.

On 5 July 2020 penumbral lunar eclipse will occur and next will be on 30 November 2020.

On 14 Dec 2020 there is Total solar eclipse but it will be visible from South America and next annular solar eclipse will occur on 10 June 2021.

A warning to the viewers:

Please do not look at the sun directly by your naked eyes or telescope during the eclipse, it could damage your eyes. You should use solar filter goggles or you can make projection view and for that you should cover a tube by cardboard, but also you can use solar film used in Window shield or eye glasses used during welding works but you should not use it for long time.

Mr. Chetan Ingole,

Astronomer Astroglobe Foundation

Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.

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