Get prepared to witness the first annular solar eclipse of the year that will take place on June 21. Here is everything you need to know about this spectacular celestial event. By Amitha Ameen
Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic and most of us staying indoors, the pollution levels have dropped to a great extent, making the skies clearer. This will come in handy when we try to witness the annular solar eclipse spectacle slated to take place on June 21.
The sun, earth, and moon align themselves during a new moon, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface; this is known as a solar eclipse. During a total eclipse, all three are in perfect alignment, whereas during a partial eclipse they are not fully aligned causing a partial shadow on the Earth’s surface.
The annular solar eclipse is similar to a total solar eclipse, as in, all three (sun, moon, earth) must be perfectly aligned. However, an annular solar eclipse takes place when the moon is in the farthest position from Earth.
This event is making headlines because it’s a rare natural phenomenon with the previous two events in India happening on January 15, 2010, and September 1, 2016, and the most recent one took place last December.
According to TimeAndDate, the annular solar eclipse will be visible at the first location on June 21, 2020, at around 9:15 AM IST and will be visible at the last location at around 03:04 PM IST. The eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa, Pakistan, India, and China.
It is advised that people stay indoors during this phenomenon and avoid seeing the eclipse with naked eyes as it can be damaging.