New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The Solar Eclipse 2020 will mark its presence on June 21. This will be the first solar eclipse of the year. The eclipse at its maximum extent will form a ring of fire, which means that this eclipse will be a Annular Solar Eclipse. The Solar Eclipse of June 21 will start at around 9:15 am and will be at its maximum extent at around 12:04 pm. The Eclipse will end at around 3 pm after 6 hours of presence.

How annular solar eclipse is different from a total solar eclipse?

The Annular solar eclipse is different from a total solar eclipse, as when it is a total solar eclipse, the sun’s line of vision towards earth is completely shadowed by Moon. Whereas an annular solar eclipse takes place when the moon covers the sun's center, leaving the sun's outer edges to form a “ring of fire”, also referred to as annulus around the moon. At the same time, the Moon is as far from earth as it could get, leaving a display of a visually-spectacular astrophysical formation.


Earth has witnessed a penumbral lunar eclipse on June 5, and now the blue planet is all set to experience an annular solar eclipse on June 21, 2020. The phenomenon will be visible from 9:15 am to 12:15 PM on 21st June as per Indian Standard Time.

Types of Solar Eclipse:

There are basically four types of Lunar Eclipses – Total Solar Eclipse, Annular Solar Eclipse, Hybrid Solar Eclipse and Partial Solar Eclipse.


A total eclipse takes place when the non-shiny side of the Moon completely hides the bright light of the Sun, allowing a rare solar phenomenon to take place.

An annular eclipse takes place when the Sun and Moon are in line with the Earth, but since size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun, a “ring of fire” is visible.

A hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) keeps on shifting between a total solar eclipse and annular solar eclipse. In certain parts of the Earth, it appears as a total eclipse, whereas at other points it appears as annular. Hybrid eclipses are extremely rare. Last Hybrid Eclipse took place in November 2013, next will take place in 2023 and after that in 2031.

A partial eclipse takes place when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line with the Earth and the Moon only partially hudes the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth.

Posted By: Talib Khan