It is not recommended to view the eclipsed sun with the naked eye, even for a very short period of time. Even if the moon blocks most of the sun, it will permanently damage the eyes and cause blindness.
What is a solar eclipse and how does it take place?
Solar eclipse or Surya Grahan occurs when the moon comes between the sun and the earth and blocks the light from the sun and casts a shadow on the earth. At that point, all three objects align, a solar eclipse occurs on a new Monday. When the lunar disk partially eclipses the solar disk, there will be a partial solar eclipse.
Where can you watch the solar eclipse?
Solar eclipse, which will last 1 hour 45 minutes in India, will be visible for more than an hour in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Jaipur, Indore, Thane, Bhopal, Ludhiana, Agra, Chandigarh, Ujjain, Mathura, Porbandar, Gandhinagar, Silvasa, Surat and Panaji.
Cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Nagpur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Mangaluru, Coimbatore, Ooty, Varanasi and Thiruvananthapuram will see the eclipse in less than an hour.
Several areas in the northeast, such as Aizawl, Dibrugarh, Imphal, Itanagar, Kohima, Silchar, and Andaman & Nicobar Island, will not be able to see the eclipse at all.
What are the times of a solar eclipse?
The solar eclipse will begin in India before sunset, in the afternoon, according to the Ministry of Earth Sciences. However, the end of the eclipse will not be visible from India, the ministry said.
The solar eclipse will begin at the following times in the following parts:
Delhi – 4:29 PM
Bombay – 4:49 PM
Bangalore – 5:12 PM
Kolkata – 4:52 PM
Chennai – 5:14 PM
Bhopal – 4:42 PM
Hyderabad – 4:59 PM
Kanyakumari – 5:32 PM
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How to view a solar eclipse?
People should avoid viewing the eclipse with the naked eye and should use special eye protection or indirect viewing methods to view the eclipse.
Indirect projection is one of the safest ways to view the eclipse, while a telescope, pinhole camera or camera display can also be used to view the eclipse. This may cause some damage to the camera screen.
Looking directly at a solar eclipse can cause permanent retinal damage due to the high-density radiation from the sun’s photosphere.
Dos during a solar eclipse
1) The safest way to view the eclipse is to either use the appropriate filter such as aluminized Mylar, black polymer, shade number 14 welding glass, or project the image of the sun onto a white board with a telescope.
2) Before even looking at the sky during a solar eclipse, NASA recommends eye protection.
3) Drive with your headlights on during the solar eclipse.
Don’ts during a solar eclipse
1) It is never recommended to replace regular sunglasses with sun viewing or eclipse glasses.
2) Avoid using your camera to record the solar eclipse. If you don’t wear the right glasses, there is always a chance that the intense sun rays can damage your eyes.
3) Keep children away from eclipse viewing areas if you do not intend to supervise them.
When will the next solar eclipse take place?
The next solar eclipse visible from India is expected to occur on August 2, 2027. It will be a total solar eclipse. It will be seen as a partial eclipse from all parts of the country.
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