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Deepest annular solar eclipse of the century can be seen today!

21 June, 2020 07:22:36
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Deepest annular solar eclipse of the century can be seen today!

India will witness the ‘deepest’ annular solar eclipse of the century today, and the sun may appear as a necklace for around 30 seconds instead of the usual ‘Ring of Fire.’ This phenomenon will be witnessed in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand while Bengal will observe a partial solar eclipse that will begin at 10.46 am and reach its peak at 12:35 pm and conclude at around 2:17 pm.

Instead of a wide fiery ring, the sun may appear as a necklace of shiny beads (known as Baily's Beads) due to light filtering through Moon's hills and valleys. During the annular solar eclipse, the moon will reportedly cover up to 98.8 per cent of the sun’s disc which will cause the ring around the sun to look very thin. 

The duration of the solar eclipse will be approximately six hours. It will be visible from India, Africa, including the Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and China. The next solar eclipse will be observed five months later on December 14-15 in India. It is vital to note here that witnessing a solar eclipse without any equipment may cause severe and permanent damage to your eyes. Therefore, you must use protective eyeglasses, box projector, binoculars, or a telescope to watch it safely. 

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