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The day 26 December 2019 is going to witness a rare phenomenon of the annular solar eclipse. This is going to be the third and final solar eclipse of 2019. Solar eclipses are quite common and occur at certain intervals. But the annular solar eclipse is quite rare and takes place only when the apparent diameter of the moon is smaller than the sun's diameter. But if you are already confused and scratching your head then here's what you need to know about the eclipse. Scroll down to read them.
What Is Annular Solar Eclipse?
The annular solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon where the apparent diameter of the moon seems to be smaller than the sun's diameter. This eclipse takes place only when the moon covers the entire central part of the sun which then makes the remaining part of the sun appear as a ring or an annulus around the moon.
Since the moon's shadow is not so large to cover the entire surface of the earth, therefore, only a few parts of the planet can witness the solar eclipse. However, due to the constant motion of the earth and the moon, the area (from where the solar eclipse can be visible) keeps changing.
Annular Solar Eclipse Date And Time In India
The time for the annular solar eclipse in India will be from 08:06 AM to 11:24 AM on 26 December 2019. According to the astronomy experts and enthusiasts, the eclipse will start at 08:04 AM and at 09:25 AM the moon will cover the entire central part of the sun after which the sun will appear as a 'ring of fire' (annulus). But after three minutes and twelve seconds, the sun will begin re-appearing. It is during these moments only when the sun will look like a diamond ring. The eclipse will end at 11:04 AM on 26 December.
However, some times will vary depending upon the places in India. For instance, in Visakhapatnam aka Vizag, the solar eclipse will end at 11:24 AM, in Patna the solar eclipse will be till 11:13 AM, in Sivaganga the solar eclipse will end at 11:16 AM; Thiruvananthpuram (Trivandrum) will witness the end of the solar eclipse at 11:12 AM, while in Coimbatore, the solar eclipse will end at 11:11 AM.
Places Where Annular Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible In India
If you are also an astronomy enthusiast and are quite eager to see the annular solar eclipse then here are some of the places from where you can actually see the eclipse. Since the annular path of the eclipse passes through southern India, here are the places where the eclipse will be clearly visible: Mangaluru, Karnataka; Cheruvathur, Kasargod, Thalassery, Kalpetta and Kozhikode in Kerala; and Ootacamund (Ooty), Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Sivaganga, Tiruchirappalli and Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu.
In India, the solar eclipse on 26 December will be seen first at Cheruvathur in Kerala. Also, people living in Kurukshetra, Haryana, will be witnessing a solar eclipse after a gap of 10 years on 26 December. In addition to this, there are 20 more places where you can witness the partial annular eclipse:
1. New Delhi
While you are eager to look at the solar eclipse, make sure you do not look at the solar eclipse with your naked eye, as it is harmful.