RING OF FIRE SOLAR ECLIPSE
On 21 June, 2020 people from all over the world witnessed the rare celestial spectacular event, annular solar eclipse. In India, it was visible only in few places while the rest of the country witnessed the event partially. The eclipse was witnessed during 9.16 am and 3.04 pm in various phases depending on the location of the places. Across the world the rare event was visible in Africa except western and southern part, south east Europe, Asia except north and east Russia and Indonesia and other countries. The eclipse in India traversed through Suratgarh in Gujarath, Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Dehradun, Chamoli and Joshimath in Uttarakhand. Scientists have already cautioned the public not to observe the sun directly as it may damage the eyes. The safe way to watch the eclipse is through projection on a white Card.
This rare event is also known as ‘’ring of fire’’ eclipse. In a total eclipse the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon while in partial and annular eclipses, only a part of the Sun is obscured. The Moon covers the Sun’s centre, leaving the Sun’s visible edges thereby a ring of fire or annulus around the Moon is created.
The ‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse dazzled the sky watchers across the nations.