Annular Solar Eclipse 26th Dec 2019

Suzy was staring at the sky with a fixed gaze. Upon seeing this, her mother asked, “What’s the matter, Suzy?”

Suzy paused and asked, “Mommy, how many stars are there in the universe?”

The mother replied, “Umm…countless!”

To which Suzy replied, “It looks like a blanket of stars. It is so magical!”

Hearing this reply Suzy’s mother looked up to the clear night sky and she was transfixed. She had never seen such a clear sky before and she couldn’t help but stare at the stars like Suzy. That’s when she realized how magical the universe is and how we miss this experience in our day to day busy life.

Do we ever wonder about the various phenomena that occur in the universe right next to us?

Three types of solar eclipse

  1. Total Solar eclipse
  2. Annular Solar eclipse
  3. Partial solar eclipse

What you know about Annular solar eclipse?

Most of the time we will not be aware of types of the eclipse… Before we jump in to what is annular solar eclipse, let we understand what is solar eclipse is?

Solar eclipse happens when moon comes between sun and earth or when the moon covers the sun surface partially or completely by blocking the light from sun to the earth for particular period of time.

When the moon covers the center part of the sun by leaving the out edge uncovered by forming the ring of fire is called as Annular solar eclipse.

Some facts about Solar Eclipse

  • Each year earth can experience 2 to 5  solar eclipse.
  • Total solar eclipse happens very rarely once in a 18 months or once in a 24 months.
  • The width of the path of totality is usually about 160 km across and can sweep across an area of Earth’s surface about 10,000 miles long.
  • Identical solar eclipse interval 18 months 11 days.

Upcoming Annular Solar Eclipse 26th Dec 2o19

This is the last solar eclipse of 2019 which begins from Saudi Arabia and ends at Guam. partial solar eclipse is visible to the thousands of kilometer range.

Countries to which complete annularity of the eclipse is visible…

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Oman
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Northern Mariana Islands and 
  • Guam.

Annular Solar eclipse visibility in India

  • Mangaluru, Karnataka
  • Kasaragod, Kerala
  • Thalassery, Kerala
  • Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala
  • Kozhikode, Kerala
  • Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu
  • Palakkad, Kerala
  • Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Erode, Tamil Nadu
  • Karur, Tamil Nadu
  • Dindigul, Tamil Nadu
  • Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu
  • Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
  • Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu

These are the cities in India where you can see complete annular solar eclipse. Apart from these cities solar eclipse is visible to other cities of south India as partial solar eclipse. Percentage of the visibility varies from one city to other.

  • Mumbai  – 78.8% 
  • Delhi  – 44.7% 
  • Bangalore  – 89.4%
  • Hyderabad – 74.3% 
  • Ahmedabad – 66.0%
  • Chennai – 84.6% 
  • Kolkata – 45.1%
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