Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse June 21: Millions across north India witnessed the stunning view of the moon covering sun leaving a shiny ring of fire around its silhouette in parts of north Rajasthan, Haryana including Kuruskhetra, Himachal Pradesh and Chamoli in Uttarakhand. A partial ring of fire was also visible in major cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Chandigarh, and Dehradun as well. Partial Solar Eclipse in Delhi ended at 1.48 PM and over Assam at 3.04 PM as the moon made final contact and its shadow on Earth vanished. This was 2020’s first solar eclipse or Surya Grahan. The solar eclipse lasted for around 6 hours in India starting at 9:15 am early in the morning. This solar eclipse was classified as annular solar eclipse or Ring of Fire. Moon’s shadow turned the sun into a ring of fire like shape with a major part of the Sun hidden by the silhouette of the moon.
During Solar Eclipse, temples across India remained closed including Badrinath-Kedarnath Chardham Temples in India, Ganga Temples in Haridwar and Krishna Temples in Vrindavan. Delhi’s temples also remain closed as well. They are now open for cleansing and post-eclipse rituals. Srikalhasti Shiva temple in Andhra Pradesh though remained open for grahan-related rituals.
Apart from the Indians subcontinent and Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Dehradun and Himachal Pradesh state, the eclipse on June 21 was visible from much of Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, parts of Europe an Australia. Space enthusiasts from around the world watch solar and lunar eclipse that fall throughout the year. However, ample precautions need to be taken when it comes to sighting the solar eclipse which could damage our eyesight if observed without wearing protective gear for our eyes.
Solar Eclipse 2020 is over as far as India is concerned. Thousands of enthusiasts have viewed the majestic sight of the historic celestial event.
In Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, the solar eclipse 2020 got over at 2:27 PM.
In Agartala, Tripura, the solar eclipse 2020 was got over at 2:23 pm.
In Karnataka, temples in Hubli remain closed in the light of Solar Eclipse 2020.
A simple religious ceremony was held on the banks of the Brahma Sarovar here on Sunday as the administration had decided not to hold a fair this time on the occasion of solar eclipse amid the coronavirus pandemic. The holy city had been placed under curfew till 4 pm on Sunday to prevent people from gathering on the banks of sacred sarovars in this district for taking a dip or holding any rituals on the occasion of solar eclipse. According to Hindu beliefs, a bath in the holy tanks at Kurukshetra during solar eclipse is considered auspicious. A simple religious ceremony on the occasion of solar eclipse was held, in which only a few seers were present. The seers reached holy Brahma Sarovar in the morning and a ‘havan’ was also performed. Rituals were held at the Ganga Ghat area of Brahma Sarovar.
In Kohima, Nagaland, the Solar Eclipse 2020 is set to get over by 2:28 pm.
In Chandigarh, Punjab, the Solar Eclipse 2020 is set to get over at 1:47 pm.
In Kolkata, West Bengal, the solar eclipse 2020 will be over at 2:17 pm.
In Jaipur, Rajasthan, the solar eclipse 2020 is set to get over by 1:44 PM.
In Mumbai, Maharashtra, Solar eclipse 2020 is set to over at 1:27 pm
In Delhi, solar eclipse will end at 1:48 pm.
Sky gazers and space enthusiasts in Kolkata have all geared up to watch the annular solar eclipse, as the celestial phenomenon began here on Sunday at 10:46 am. Several people went up to to their rooftops to witness the rare celestial treat, which may offset COVID-19 gloom to an extent for the day. Some were, however, sceptical that the overcast skies may hinder the view. The eclipse will be at its peak at 12.35 pm, with 65.5 per cent obscuration, Debi Prasad Duari, the director of M P Birla Planetaurium, said. Members of different science clubs in the city said they have made arrangements to view the he eclipse through solar filters on telescope, while strictly maintaining physical distance. The Birla Industrial and Technological Museum will stream the phenomenon online on its website, as per PTI report.
Solar Eclipse 2020 is visible in Kathmandu of Nepal. As per Nepal’s BP Koirala Memorial, Planetarium Observatory, and Science Museum Development Board the solar eclipse is visible from 10:52 am to 2:32 pm today, as per ANI report.
In Tamil Nadu, people in Coimbatore are witnessing Solar Eclipse 2020, as per ANI report.
In Uttarakhand, Solar Eclipse 2020 is visible in the skies of Dehradun.
People of India are witnessing the Solar Eclipse 2020.
In Punjab, Solar Eclipse 2020 is visible in the skies of Amritsar today.
People in Delhi, Noida, Gurugram are witnessing the majestic view of Solar Eclipse 2020.
Solar Eclipse 2020 is visible in Karachi of Pakistan. As per the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the solar eclipse, which began at 8:46 am local time, will end at 2:34 pm with the greatest eclipse occurring at 11:40 am.
In Uttarakhand, Solar Eclipse 2020 is visible in the skies of Dehradun.
In United Arab Emirates, Solar Eclipse 2020 is visible in the skies of Dubai, as per ANI report.
First image of Solar Eclipse 2020 from Delhi.
Solar Eclipse 2020 in Kurukshetra
In Haryana, Solar Eclipse 2020 is visible in the skies of Kurukshetra, as per ANI.
In Rajasthan, Solar Eclipse 2020 is visible in the skies of Jaipur, as per ANI report.
In Gujarat, Solar Eclipse 2020 seen in the skies of Gandhinagar. The solar eclipse will be visible until 1:32 PM with maximum visibility of the eclipse at 11:42 IST. It will be visible from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, parts of Europe and Australia.
There are three types of Solar Eclipse. Total Solar Eclipse, Partial Solar Eclipse, and Annular Solar Eclipse.
In Maharashtra, Solar Eclipse 2020 seen in the skies of Mumbai. The solar eclipse will be visible until 3:04 PM. The maximum eclipse will take place at 12:10 IST. It will be visible from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, parts of Europe and Australia, as per ANI report.
1. Don’t attempt to observe the partial or annular phase of any solar eclipse with naked eyes. 2. Never look at the Sun through a telescope or binoculars. (In fact, you don’t need these instruments to watch a solar eclipse.) 3. Don’t use solar filters normally available with eyepieces of inexpensive telescopes. 4. Don’t use smoked glass, colour film, sunglasses, non-silvered black and white film, photographic neutral density filters, and polarizing filters. They are not safe.
According to the central government, it is best to view the reflected or projected image of the Sun. You need to project the image of the Sun on a shaded wall through a hole. A small mirror covered with a piece of paper having a circular hole of diameter (1-2 cm) can be used to project the image of the Sun on a shaded wall. You can also use a small telescope or binoculars be used to project the image of the Sun on a white card/screen/wall. If binoculars or telescope have any plastic parts, take necessary precautions to protect them from heating and melting by focussed sunlight.
In Madhya Pradesh, Portals of temples in Bhopal remain closed in the light of Solar Eclipse 2020 today. The solar eclipse 2020 started at 9:15 AM today and will be visible until 3:04 PM.
The Solar Eclipse 2020 will be live-streamed by the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences from Nainital. Apart from this, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics will also be live streaming solar eclipse 2020, as per IE report.
The Solar Eclipse 2020 in Goa will be visible at 10:01 AM. The maximum solar eclipse 2020 will be visible at 11:36 AM and it will end at 1:24 PM.
The Solar Eclipse 2020 will be visible in West Bengal at 10:46 AM, the maximum solar eclipse will be visible at 12:35 pm and the Solar Eclipse 2020 will end at 2:17 pm.
The Solar Eclipse 2020 in Jammu and Kashmir will begin at 10:23 AM. The maximum solar eclispe will be visible from 11:59 AM and the solar eclipse will be ending at 1:40 PM.
The Solar Eclipse 2020 in Uttar Pradesh will be visible from 10:26 AM. The maximum Solar Eclipse will be visible from 12:11 PM and the solar eclise 2020 will end at 1:58 PM.
The Solar Eclipse 2020 in India will be first visible from Gujarat’s Bhuj.
The Solar Eclipse 2020 in Rajasthan will begin at 10:14 AM. The maximum Solar Eclipse 2020 will be visilble at 11:55 AM and the Solar Eclipse 2020 will end at 1:44 PM.
In Lucknow, temples in the city to remain closed till 4 pm today in the light of Solar Eclipse 2020. The annual solar eclipse will start at 9:15 AM today and will be visible until 3:04 PM. The maximum eclipse will take place at 12:10 PM, as per ANI report.