In a celestial extravaganza, a total solar eclipse will occur next week and what’s amazing about it is that people can witness it in most part of the India except western and north-west states.
Solar eclipse is an annual phenomenon that occurs once every year. In the solar eclipse, moon comes in between Sun and Earth and blocks the direct view of Sun. The trio is aligned in a straight line in such a way that the Sun becomes almost invisible for a small period of time dimming the solar atmosphere. A dark black spot encircled with a bright light emanating along the periphery is mesmerising not only for stargazers but for all people.
Beginning at 5.47 am (IST), the total eclipse phase will last till 9.08 am on March 9. However, partial phases of the eclipse will also occur which will begin before sunrise and will last till 10.05 am (IST). People will miss the partial phase in most part of the country.
Partial phase of obscuration of the Sun by Moon will be around 15% in Agartala, 24.5% in Bhubaneswar, 11% in Guwahati, 18.5% in Kolkata, 12% in Patna, 49% in Port Blair and 12% in Silchar.
Scientists monitoring the solar and lunar movement said that the total eclipse would be visible in Indonesia, North Pacific Ocean, Borneo and Sumatra.
Viewing this annual celestial event can be dangerous for eyes and in worst case it can cause permanent blindness. Seeking the health threat, ministry has released an advisory note that suggests people to take precautionary measures while viewing the Sun while it is covered by the Moon.
“Safe way to observe the solar eclipse is either by using proper filter like aluminized Mylar, black polymer, welding glass of shade number 14 or by making projection of Sun’s image on a white board by telescope”, said the advisory note.