As we prepare to say bye-bye to 2019 and welcome the new year 2020, the celestial forces have given us a treat! Get ready to witness the “ring of fire” solar eclipse on December 26.
The last solar eclipse (surya grahan in hindi) of 2019 is going to happen on Thursday December 26, 2019. It is going to be visible from most of the places in India and adjoining countries.
What is Solar eclipse?
With all the celestial movements of the Earth & Moon, there are times when Moon comes in between Earth and the Sun. At this time Moon casts a shadow on the Earth.
The eclipse we are going to witness on December 26, is called an “annual solar eclipse” or “ring of fire eclipse”. According to TimeAndDate.com,
Annular solar eclipses take place when the Moon’s disk is not big enough to cover the entire disk of the Sun, and the Sun’s outer edges remain visible to form a ring of fire in the sky. An annular eclipse of the Sun takes place when the Moon is near apogee, and the Moon’s antumbra falls on Earth.
When to watch this solar eclipse?
As per NDTV, this year’s last solar eclipse would be about 3mins & 40 secs and will be visible between 9.00am and 12.30pm on December 26.
How to watch the event?
Watching a solar eclipse can be dangerous to your eyes if not done with proper precautions. Make your to ear eye protection while looking at the sky during the eclipse. Experts advise using a pin-hole camera, or using glasses made from special-purpose solar filters.
When is the next solar eclipse?
In India, the next annual solar eclipse would be visible on Jun 21, 2020.
Here are some of the older pictures of solar eclipses around the world.
Captured on January 15, 2010 in China
Captured on May 20, 2012 in Nevada, USA
We hope you enjoy this unique celestial event. Do let us know how was your experience.