These Indian states are in luck today as they will be able to witness 2021’s first solar eclipse. Scroll down below to know more! By Bayar Jain
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Referring to an interactive map by NASA, Indian Express notes that the first solar eclipse of 2021 will be partially visible in some parts of India—namely, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. While most of the country would have to witness this celestial event online, these two regions can reportedly marvel at the Ring of Fire at 12:25 IST. However, this partially visible eclipse is expected to last for only a few minutes.
Speaking to Business Today, MP Birla Planetarium director, Debiprasad Duari, says, “On the northern borders in Ladakh, a sliver of land in the border region can experience the last phase of the partial eclipse, again for a short duration, but relatively at a higher altitude than the eastern part of the country.” On the other hand, in Arunachal Pradesh, the phenomena will be best visible from Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary, Times of India notes.
Worldwide, the total solar eclipse of 2021 will largely be restricted to the Northern hemisphere. As per NASA, people in parts of Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia fall within this lucky space. Eastern United States of America; northern Alaska; remaining parts of Canada; and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and northern Africa will see a partial form of the celestial event. Other parts of the world can watch a Livestream of the partial solar eclipse, weather permitting, on NASA’s YouTube account.
For those watching the solar eclipse—either partially or fully—precaution is a must. As the rare cosmic phenomena involve the moon blocking the sun entirely, and thus casting a shadow on Earth, watching it without any protection can harm the eyes. Thus, using solar viewing or eclipse glasses is a must.
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