Srinagar: An annular solar eclipse, wherein the Sun appears like a ring of fire, will be visible in parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
In parts of the Valley, the partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 9:45 am and end at 1:10pm. Around 11:25, the solar eclipse will reach its peak. However, in Srinagar the eclipse will begin at 10:24 am. It will reach climax around noon at 11:59. The partial phase of the eclipse will end at 1:40 pm. The duration of the eclipse will be 3 hours and 17 minutes.
“Close to noon, for a small belt in north India the eclipse will turn into a beautiful annular (ring-shaped) one since the Moon is not close enough to cover the Sun completely,” the Astronomical Society of India said.
A solar eclipse occurs on a new moon day when the Moon comes in between the Earth and the Sun and when all the three celestial objects are aligned.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the angular diameter of the Moon falls short of that of the Sun such that it cannot cover up the latter completely. As a result, a ring of the Sun’s disk remains visible around the Moon. This gives an image of a ring of fire.
Experts have cautioned that solar eclipse should not be viewed with the naked eye, even for a very short time as it can cause permanent damage even leading to blindness.
The safe technique to observe the solar eclipse is either by using a proper filter like aluminised mylar, black polymer, welding glass of shade number 14 or by making a projection of the Sun’s image on a white board by telescope.
The next annular eclipse will be seen from South America in December 2020. Another annular eclipse will occur in 2022, but that it will be hardly visible from India, said N Rathnashree the Director of Nehru Planetarium in Delhi.
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