The first annular solar eclipse of the year will take place on June 10. The solar eclipse, also called Surya Grahan in India, will not be visible in the whole country. Only some parts of Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh will be able to witness it.
What is an annular Solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse takes place when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth. It blocks out the sunlight for some areas, either partially or entirely. In a total solar eclipse, the Moon entirely blocks out the sunlight for some sites. This is why during the peak of the eclipse, the skies go dark.
However, in an annular eclipse, the Moon cannot block the full view of the Sun. “It will look like a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk,” which, as NASA explains, gives the ring of fire effect around the Moon.
Where all is the annular Solar eclipse of June 10 visible?
Parts of Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia will experience the annular eclipse. In other parts of the world, people will only see a dark shadow on the part of the Sun’s surface, which is a partial eclipse. They will not get to see the “ring of fire.”
The areas where the partial eclipse will be visible are the eastern United States, northern Alaska, Canada, and parts of the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
According to NASA, in many of these locations, the eclipse will occur before, during, and shortly after sunrise. The annular eclipse will not be visible in India, though some reports have claimed that it will be visible in eastern states such as Arunachal Pradesh. However, going by NASA’s animation, this does not appear to be the case. India will miss out on the eclipse entirely.
Timings of the annular solar eclipse?
The 2021 annular solar eclipse event will start at 01:42 PM (IST) and continue till 6.41 PM IST. The duration of the annular eclipse at Greatest Eclipse will be around 3 minutes and 51 seconds.
Is it safe to watch an Annular or Partial Eclipse?
It is not safe to look at a solar eclipse directly. NASA says this holds even for partial and annular eclipses. It recommends that those viewing a solar eclipse should wear “solar viewing or eclipse glasses” throughout the entire eclipse” especially if one wants to face the Sun.
It also notes that solar viewing glasses are not the same as regular sunglasses; the latter isn’t recommended for viewing a solar eclipse. For those who do not have the goggles, NASA says they should try “an alternate indirect method, such as a pinhole projector,” but one should not use these to look directly at the Sun.