New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: In another treat for the skygazers, the solar eclipse 2020 will mark its presence today. This will be the first solar eclipse of this year. The Solar Eclipse 2020 will make a ring of fire, meaning it would be an annular solar eclipse. The Solar Eclipse 2020 will be visible from 9:15 am to 3:10 PM on 21st June as per Indian Standard Time, the day when the world will also mark its sixth International Yoga Day.

Here are some interesting facts which continue to interest the solar-obsessed world around us:

- Total solar eclipses cannot be seen from the North and South Poles, because of the positional disorientation of the Sun and Moon from the Poles of our Blue planet. Only partial solar eclipses can be observed from the North and South Poles.

- The sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but during a total solar eclipse, the cruelly surfaced host of ISRO’s Vikram lander manages to cover the sun in its entirety. Reason? Just recall your eighth standard science lesson, “The closer an object, the bigger is its apparent size.”


- According to NASA, every eclipse begins at sunrise at some point in its track and ends at sunset about halfway around the world from the start point.

- Saros cycle: Nearly identical eclipses (total, annual, or partial) occur after 18 years and 11 days, or every 6,585.32 days. This cyclical occurrence is known as the Saros cycle.

- Millions of years after, there will be no solar eclipses at all. According to NASA, in 600 million years from now, the moon would have moved far away from the Earth, given its slowly increasing orbit that it will no longer be big enough to entirely cover the sun.


Wait! That’s 600 million years after, at least more than a hundred civilisations post the current one. Long time to even kick start the grief of not being able to see the phenomenon.

Posted By: Talib Khan